Hydrocarbon Spill Delta B.C.


  • Information provided is based on reports received by Emergency Management and Climate Readiness (EMCR).
  • Information provided is considered to be current at the time of posting, but is subject to change

Incident description

Incident Date March 10, 2023
Name DGIR: 230906
Source Unknown
Nearest Community Delta, B.C.
Spilled Content Hydrocarbon
Who is involved Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV), City of Delta, Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness (EMCR)

Response phase details

The responsible person or spiller is legally required to clean-up or manage the clean-up of a spill.

In incidents where the responsible person is unknown, unable or unwilling to manage the cleanup, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV) may assume the role. 

The updates below reflect the ministry’s oversight of the spillers’ actions. Details describe the spill response phase only and not the complete lifecycle of the spill. Visit the 'More information' page for other reports. 

Updates are in reverse chronological order with the most recent at the top.

Industry-specific language may be explained in the Glossary of Terms (PDF, 106KB).

Most recent updates

March 13, 2023

Response cleanup efforts continued in the irrigation ditch and on the greenhouse property. No leaks were identified in underground piping throughout the facility. A small leak was identified in a diesel refueling hose. The hose may be the source of the spill and was capped and removed.

A sump with an outflow into one of the ditches was located near the leaking hose. This sump was cleaned and visual inspections for contamination are completed on regular intervals. Daily water samples are planned to be taken from the sump outflow. Sample results are pending to determine if the spilled material is diesel.

An Environmental Emergency Response Officer (EERO) from ENV continues to monitor the situation.

Further updates will be made once more information becomes available

March 12, 2023

A response contractor continued cleanup on the City of Delta property. Response efforts on the property of the greenhouse operation started. The location of the spill has been narrowed down, but the exact source is still to be determined. Samples have been collected to determine the product that's been spilled.

March 11, 2023

On March 10, 2023, at approximately 11:00am, the City of Delta reported an oil sheen in a farm irrigation ditch near a private property with a greenhouse operation. The City of Delta carried out initial response. The amount of material and specific product released is unknown. The City of Delta and the greenhouse operator are making a coordinated cleanup effort with a response contractor.

An Environmental Emergency Response Officer (EERO) from ENV attended the site. Natural water courses do not appear impacted by the spill at this time. The exact source of the spill is undetermined at this time. A vacuum truck will be mobilized to the site tomorrow, March 12, to continue response efforts.

Spill site Delta B.C.