Follow-up: Oil leaked into Fairy lake...

Follow-up: Oil leaked into Fairy lake by Halton Hills Hydro incident

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Milton, Canada

#1 Jul 16, 2010
Halton Hills, Acton - Back in December 9th 2004, The Georgetown Independent reported - 10 gallons (37.85 litres) of oil was discovered in a Halton Hills Hydro catch basin leading the readers to believe it may have found its way into the Lake through one of its tributaries.

As a result of some concerned inquiries of local community members, The Halton followed up on the incident and here's what we discovered; Going directly to the source we talked with Bruce Carlin, a manager of MOE's (Ministry of the Environment)- Spill Action Centre. Mr. Carlin initially concluded that the MOE computer system, their network, indicated they hadn't received any report what-so-ever with regards to the Hydro/Fairy Lake incident, which, according to him, contradicts the law which clearly states - any materials that have escaped the care management control of any entity, that is likely to have adverse effects in our environment, are, by law, obligated to be reported the incident to the MOE's - Spill Action Center.

We were in the middle of writing a story about the incident when the phone rang, and miraculously, Mr. Carlin had managed to find a report indicating the Halton Hills Fire Department had indeed supposedly logged the incident with the MOE's Burlington office.

We spoke with Halton Hills Hydro President - Dan Guatto, who confirmed the source of the oil was from a transformer that was most likely damaged while being loaded on a vehicle. He also added that the oil substance that leaked - in his own words - is comparable to cooking oil. He added, the volume leaked was estimated by his department to be about 3-4 litres, and not the 10 gallons reported by the Georgetown Independent. He said, the oil substance apparently leaked out during the evening of Dec 8th, and the incident was reported to the towns works department the following morning. By 11:30 am Dec. 9th, the spill was in the care and control of town works employees.

In the course of our report, what we found disturbing was that the Town or any of its affiliates, such as Halton Hills Hydro Inc., can have a spill and the law permits those affiliates to go in and do the clean up, themselves. There are no independent bodies composing reports documenting the response, strategy or method used to ensure it was done properly, listing any possible ramifications or details of the materials that leaked into the environment.

To date, there has been no “Press Released” documentation from Halton Hills Hydro or the Town of Halton Hills confirming the composite of the material that leaked into the Fairy Lake tributary, finally making it's way to Fairy Lake. We can say however, according to Mr. Carlin, there have been independent complaints logged with the Ministry of Environment's - Spill Action Center, indicating the clean up may not have been 100% effective

Milton, Canada

#2 Jul 16, 2010

Milton, Canada

#3 Jul 16, 2010
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill lIKE THE ONE IN HALTON HILLS

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