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Oil Spill



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Fuel leaked into the St. Lawrence River on April 25, 2018, coming from a tanker ship docked at Valero Energy's Jean-Gaulin refinery in Lévis, Québec.

According to Marine Traffic, the tanker in question, the Falcon Nostos, was built in 2006 and has its home port in Monrovia, Liberia and arrived in Lévis from Milford Haven, U.K. on April 22.

Marina Binotto, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for Valero Energy's Jean Gaulin refinery explained that "an oily film was observed in the back of the [Falcon Nostos] around 7:30 AM yesterday morning." Only a small amount of fuel had leaked from the vessel though "the exact nature of the product remains to be confirmed."

Binotto said that "Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard are working with the vessel owner in the repairs."

The Eastern Canada Response Corporation (ECRC) has been brought in to clean up the spill. Jim Carson, ECRC President, said they are "responding to a lubrication type of oil."

"The response consists of the deployment of an oil boom to contain the oil to the affected area," Carson explained, "and to recover the oil by applying sorbent pads to the surface of the water to soak up the oil."

The ECRC "is currently in a monitoring mode and will be on site until released," Carson said.

The cost of the operation will only be known at the end of the clean-up.


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