The community's SAO says most of the oil which went into the ocean has been recovered. - HOW RECOVERED? SHOW THE WORKERS? DESCRIBE THE TECHNOLOGY- THIS IS A MEDIA SUPPORTED GOVERNMENT WHITE WASH. CANADA IS NOT PREPARED IN THE ARCTIC FOR AN OIL SPILL.
THE PICTURE ABOVE TELLS THE REAL STORY - PUT OUT SOME ABSORBENT AND PICK IT UP TOMORROW... NOTE THERE IS NO BOOMING SO THE OIL IS FREE TO GO ANYWHERE WITH TIDE AND WIND... OMG THIS IS A JOKE!
UNPREPARED TO PROPERLY RESPOND WITH EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS?
NOT TRAINED? USA HAZWOPER CANADA EQUIVALENT?
NO RESPONSE BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT?
"Enbridge Northern Gateway (NG) is unprepared to respond to spills in the pipeline or from tankers."
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THE PEOPLE OF CAMBRIDGE BAY ARE NOT PREPARED BECAUSE THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT IS NOT PREPARED - ITS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME UNTIL A MAJOR ARCTIC OIL SPILL DEMONSTRATES TO THE WORLD THAT CANADA CANNOT MANAGE THE ARCTIC ENVIRONMENT ENTRUSTED TO IT. ARCTIC COUNCIL LEADER - ANOTHER JOKE?
People in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, are still busy cleaning up thousands of litres of oil that spilled in the community on Friday.
NO DETAILS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED NOR ANY PICTURES EXCEPT THE ABOVE WHICH REALLY TELLS THE WATCH AND SEE STORY... NOT BECAUSE IT WAS CLEANED UP BUT BECAUSE IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO CLEAN UP SINCE THE OIL IS MIXED WITH ICE AND SEAWATER... ITS A TOTAL MESS. THERE IS NO TECHNOLOGY TO CLEAN UP OIL IN THE OCEAN WITH ICE. NONE!
Steve King, the community’s senior administrative officer told CBC News that kids got in to an area near the Kitnuna Corporation. They opened up a valve on a tank holding used oil.
NO LOCK? ARE EXPERIENCED ADULTS RUNNING KITNUNA CORPORATION? WHERE IS THEIR INSURANCE COMPANY? WHY HAVE THEY NOT CONDUCTED AN ONSITE SURVEY TO HELP LIMIT LIABILITY?
King said 15,000 litres of oil spilled out and flowed down through a ditch. Some of it went into the ocean.
King said Kitnuna officials, with the help of the hamlet, were able to clean up the oil in the water with beams and a pumper truck.
They are now using absorbent material to clean up the oil in the ditch and on the shore and are removing contaminated gravel.
King said due to their fast actions, he believes the clean up crew was able to recovered most of the oil which went into the ocean.
EXTREMELY DOUBTFUL IF ANYONE CHECKS THE RECORDS - HOW MUCH OIL WAS IN THE TANK, 15,000 LITERS, HOW MUCH OIL WAS RECOVERED? JUST DO THE MATH. LUCKY IF 10% RECOVERED NOT THE 90% CLAIMED.
Alex Took, the acting president with Kitnuna, said they are in the last part of the cleanup.
“We've exchanged 90 per cent or better of the oil. We made some retaining holes to accumulate the waste oil. Those need to be finished being mopped up, and then this oil is dealt with… it's a very small area now that's left that needs to be re-evaluated for contaminants," he said.
NO OIL SPILL CLEANUP IN HISTORY HAS ACHIEVED A 90% RECOVERY... MUST BE THE NEW MATH USED BY ELDERS ON THOSE NEW IPADS?
Took said that although the spill has been cleaned up, it will be monitored over the summer.
IF 90% WAS RECOVERED WHY WOULD IT REQUIRE MONITORING OVER THE SUMMER? BECAUSE 90% WAS NOT RECOVERED, MORE LIKE 15% AND THE GROUND IS GOING TO BE LEACHING OIL INTO THE WATER FOR QUITE SOME TIME.... REQUIRING CONTINUED CLEAN UP.
He added that the matter has been brought forward to the RCMP for investigation.
A large number in kids in most of the Nunavut communities constantly get away with vandalism. Spills, broken windows, arson, break and enters, vehicle theft. And the problem is that in 99% of the cases, the community does not report it to the RCMP. These are little criminals in the making who quickly learn that they will not be held accountable for their actions.
I've never heard of so much vandalism as what has occured up North. Aircraft multiple times, heavy equipment and now this. Time for the Federal Government to finally address some social issues
The article doesn't say the age of these kids. Maybe they were old enough to know better, maybe not. Maybe this valve was opened by a kid with poor impulse control (and this can be caused by conditions that the kid can't help).
We should also be looking at what steps, if any, were taken to prevent unauthorized access to the oil. If you don't want it to be opened and you don't lock it up, you can't complain.
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Since then, Kitnuna Corp., the Inuit-owned company, which provides project management, construction, building supply sales, expediting, environmental and fuel services in western Nunavut, has been working around the clock to clean up the mess.
Meanwhile, police have identified the young teenagers believed to be responsible for causing the spill.
Sometime during the early hours of June 14, the teens are alleged to have turned on the valve on a container, which held up about 11,000 litres of waste oil (about 2,500 imperial gallons, according to Kitnuna) — and then walked away.
“It’s one thing to open a valve and turn it and say ‘we sure screwed up on this one,’ but just to willfully open a valve and walk away and leave it running” — that’s something Norm Jackson, Kituna’s director of business development, says he has trouble understanding.
Kitnuna was first alerted to the spill shortly before 8 a.m. June 14 by a caller who had seen oil running down the drainage ditch by Kituna’s yard and building.
But by then the oil had already reached the bay.
Kitnuna immediately sprang into action, calling the Government of Nunavut’s environment department and other government agencies, Jackson said.
Kitnuna staff, with many others from the airport, the Martin Bergmann research vessel that anchors near Kitnuna, and the hamlet, came to assist. About those combined efforts, Jackson said “I really impressed by our guys and the other people who helped.”
Heavy machinery worked to dig trenches to stop the oil from spreading, booms were laid out on the water to contain the oil that reached the bay, and absorbent padding was set out on the land to take up the oil that had spilled there.
Vacuum trucks took up the rest of the oil and contaminated soil.
By June 17, most of the waste oil that spilled out was removed, Jackson said.
Everyone was grateful that the sunny, clear weather and on-shore breeze collaborated to keep the oil that did each the shore from moving further out, he said.
Workers will continue to remove oil-soaked rock and a vacuum truck will remain on standby, Jackson said.
As for who pays for the overtime involved in the oil clean-up or any other financial repercussions from the spill, Jackson couldn’t say.
Since June 14, Kitnuna has “placed locks on everything,” Jackson said.
“What I’d like to see is some law enforcement presence between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. in the morning. Kids are out all night long,” he said. “The kids are ruling the streets.”
While some people in Cambridge Bay, who comment on its Facebook news page, say Kitnuna should have had everything locked up before the spill took place, more say that the kids and their parents should be held responsible.
“Kids need to know and understand respect for others property! Kitnuna is partially to blame… but you can’t pin the whole thing on them. The people who opened the valve need to held responsible as well… kids or not. Wrong is wrong,” said one commenter.
“Teach them respect, discipline and good manners and things like this won’t happen,” said another.