April 29, 2016 - 2:30 PM
KAMLOOPS - A barrel of grease dumped and found leaking near the Lac du Bois Grasslands has been cleaned up.
Veron Novosad with the Ministry of Environment says the clean up took place on a Lac Du Bois service road near Sawmill Creek yesterday afternoon, April 28.
The leaking barrel labelled "Cheap 5TH Wheel Grease" was first reported late last week, he says.
Novosad says the 45 gallon barrel hadn’t fully emptied and the liquid inside wasn’t too heavy, so there wasn’t much penetration into the ground and was cleaned up with shovels.
He says there isn’t likely to be an investigation into how the barrel got there.
“As to the evidence at the site there’s not much there to tell us who it was,” Novosad says.
He says those who create spills like this are responsible for the clean up themselves or the bill resulting from clean up.
Conservation Officer Kevin Van Damme says he wasn’t part of the response to the dumped barrel, but the B.C. Conservation Service does deal with spills and can prosecute those responsible.
“People would be subject to prosecution,” Van Damme says. “It could be up to $1 million fine and or 6 months in jail.”
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