UPDATED: Oil spill determined to be road sealant leaking from storm drain, flows into South Saskatchewan River
Clean up crews with the City of Saskatoon have been busy dealing with an
oil-like road sealant leaking into the Saskatchewan River.
At about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday night, crews from the Ministry of Environment and the City of Saskatoon responded to a call after someone noticed something collecting along the sand bar below Ravine Drive.
The substance was traced back to the 33rd street storm sewer outfall. The Saskatoon Fire Department arrived around 11 p.m. to help and worked well into this morning to contain the leak.
"(We) determined that it was a road sealant material and immediately began to engage a clean-up activity and containment. That's an activity that continues to go on right now," said Brenda Wallace with the City of Saskatoon.
"We're trying to...stop larger chunks of the product from getting into the river," said Glenn Ledray, battallion chief with the Saskatoon fire department.
There is still no time-line on how long this spill will take to clean up, but efforts are going well at this point, said Wallace.
"It's not a residue. It's more like a rubberized type material as it's coming out. So, you can clean it fairly easily," she said.
There is still no information on how much oil wound up in the river or where the leak started.