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Two diesel spills in North Thompson river in one week prompts call to improve B.C. highway

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January 21, 2019 - 5:05 PM

KAMLOOPS - Regional politicians, frustrated with drinking water concerns resulting from crashes, want the province to figure out why it keeps happening. 

Twice in one week, diesel fuel spills from separate vehicle crashes led to drinking water cautions for local residents. Regional directors want the province to figure out if it's road design, maintenance or other factors involved in the crashes from Valemount to north of Vavenby. 

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District voted last week to call on the province to study the issue, led by Carol Schaffer, director of Area A. 

Two semi-truck crashes caused diesel spills into the North Thompson River within the same week. Each spill prompted cautionary warnings to water users earlier this month.

Around the same time in 2017 there was also a similar incident when a truck crashed into the river and spurred water quality and environmental concerns.

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