Penticton and South Okanagan
Spill double what company reported
Sep 9, 2013 / 1:00 pm
Two weeks after word spread that thousands of gallons of mining waste had breached the banks of an emergency containment pond and spilled into the Tulameen River, Coalmont Energy Corp. officials have finally submitted an Action Plan to the province.
This action plan contains information and recommendations from the Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Techniques (SCAT) report as well as updates from the preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
These final recommendations were sent to the Ministry of Environment on Sunday, but specific details from the plan will not be released until the ministry has completed their review and approved the plan.
Coalmont Energey Corp. originally said that 6,500 gallons had been spilled, but that number has almost doubled as the company’s latest media release dated Sept. 9 states that “the quantity of spilled material is no more than 13,000 gallons.”
If their action plan is approved, Coalmont Energy Corp. will release the recommended cleanup actions as provided by the technical experts.
Triton Environmental Consultants is the lead environmental team. They have taken samples and data from Collin’s Gulch, Tulameen River, Similkameen River and the surrounding environment. Coalmont Energy staff continue to monitor and maintain the temporary silt control dams and silt fences along Collin’s Gulch.
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