Hydrocarbon Spill Masset

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Incident Description

Incident Date January 15, 2021
Name Hydrocarbon Spill Masset (DGIR: 203808)
Source Storage Drum
Nearest Community Masset
Spilled Content Hydrocarbon
Who is involved? B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV), Village of Masset, B.C. Parks, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Northern Health Authority, Council of the Haida Nation, Emergency Management B.C. (EMBC), Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), B.C.,  B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS)   

Response Phase Detail

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 clean up, the Ministry of Environment & 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. See More Information for other related 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).

Most Recent Update

January 20, 2021 - 5:00 pm

A small amount of mixed petroleum material (hydrocarbon), has been discovered in a drainage ditch in the Village of Masset. A light sheen as well as foamy material was observable on top of the shallow water in the ditch. 

Officers from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in Masset, B.C. Parks, and B.C. Conservation Service are on scene and attempting to identify the source of the spill as well as the responsible party.

An Emergency Environmental Response Officer (EERO) from the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV) continues to monitor and provide support to the Village of Masset.

Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

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