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Diesel spill in Nunavik keeping Hydro-Quebec busy

August 4, 2015 | By Anthony Capkun

August 4, 2015 – Hydro-Quebec reports that during the night of August 1-2, a diesel spill occurred on the site of the generating station that supplies the community of Ivujivik in Nunavik. Preliminary evaluations indicate that about 10,000 litres were spilled and “quickly confined”.

On Sunday August 2, Hydro-Quebec contacted representatives of the Ivujivik community, and says it will keep them updated on any developments in the situation. A utility liaison officer, who is fluent in Inuktitut, is onsite.

As soon as the spill was observed, Hydro-Quebec says it set up confinement measures and notified the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, as well as Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The company is providing the authorities with all of the necessary information.

The utility adds that measures to recover “the hydrocarbons”, and to clean and rehabilitate the site, are underway and will continue in the coming days. The generating station continues to operate.


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