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Oily mess in Wilson Creek

Residents living and walking along Wilson Creek noticed something in the water today; an oily mess making its way down the creek, and the creek empties into Okanagan Lake.

Emergency crews, including members of the Kelowna Fire Department and a local HAZMAT crew were on hand Monday morning to soak up the oil and to try and determine the source.

The slick was evident to the naked eye.

Platoon Capt. Dale Calhoun says this same type of secretion tends to happen every spring, but he's unsure of where it originates.

“We’re not sure exactly where it's coming out of, but we deal with it pretty much every spring,” he says.

“It’s starting to dissipate right now, there’s nothing else coming out of the area.”

The booms will stay in the creek for at least another day. It is not believed that any of the oil made it to Okanagan Lake.

A team from the Ministry of Environment were also called to the scene to continue the investigation.

Jennifer Zielinski


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