more Oil, Oh Well , a Canada Steamship Lines ship ran aground forcing the authoities to close the Seaway temporarily until they clean up some oil spill, They should be able to milk this for a few bucks somehow, MONTREAL - An oil leak forced the closure of a section of the St. Lawrence Seaway on Monday night.
Crews were still working to clean up the mess Tuesday morning after a Canada Steamship Lines vessel ran aground near the Côte Sainte-Catherine lock, just south of Montreal, around 7:30 p.m. Monday.
The ship's fuel tank was reportedly punctured in the accident, allowing between 50 and 200 tonnes of oil to leak into the surrounding waters before the tank could be sealed. The spill covered an area about 500 metres by 500 metres.
"The leak has now been completely contained," said Andrew Bogora, communications officer for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. "The Sainte-Catherine lock has also been sealed, so water is no longer running through the area, which ensures that the spill remains in place."
Officials with Environment Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard and Quebec civil authorities were on the scene Tuesday morning to monitor the ongoing cleanup effort. SIMEC, a private firm specializing in environmental remediation, was called in to mop up the spill, Bogora said.
Nearby communities were also advised to check their water filtration facilities for any signs of oil contamination.
"The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks will continue to follow this situation with its partners to assure that all necessary steps are taken to contain this spill," said a release issued by the provincial government Tuesday morning.
It is still unclear why the ship ran aground in the seaway, Bogora said.
"The ship did lose power and drifted out of the navigation channel," he said. "As to why it lost power, we still don't have that information."
The affected area of the seaway will remain closed to all water traffic until at least tomorrow, Bogora added, and the cleanup could continue for several days.
Canada Steamship Lines, at one time owned by former prime minister Paul Martin, is Canada's largest maritime shipping company. Martin passed the company to his sons in 2003.
More to come. ..( I wonder if they mean 'more to come' as in oil......lol)