Hundreds of litres of heating oil spill near Ottawa River in Gatineau
It is still unclear how much heating oil has gone into the Ottawa River in Gatineau during a delivery mishap in Friday.
Officials were called to the area of rue Hôtel de Ville and rue Laurier Friday afternoon. Emergency crews including Hazmat were quick to respond.
An original estimate said estimates between 700 and 1,200 litres spilled but Quebec's Ministry of the Environment says the actual amount is much less- 300 liters.
Because of the conditions, it’s not known how much oil actually reached the water.
Frédéric Fournier, a spokesperson for the ministry says booms were deployed to limit the amount of oil that reached the river and that Gatineau’s drinking water quality is “unlikely” to be affected.
Fournier says, “The impact to the river is still considered low.” He says, “The oil spill onto the roadway reached the networks that flow into the Ottawa River. “ Fournier says that the necessary measures for the safety of the population and the protection of the environment are put in place
The recovery work was completed around noon Saturday.
The city of Gatineau tells CTV News there is no need to issue a boil water advisory and there is no concern over public safety.