Thousands of liters of gasoline polluted Bouchard Creek, right next to Montreal-Trudeau airport in Dorval, following a fuel delivery that allegedly went awry last week.
The delivery man pumped 20,000 liters into a waste oil tank with a capacity of only 5,000 liters at the Enterprise car rental garage, which is located near the intersection of Chemin de la Côte-de-Liesse and rue Jean-Paul-Laframbroise.
About 15,000 liters thus overflowed towards the airport. The surplus then circulated through the storm sewer system to eventually flow into the creek.
The clean-up began shortly after the intervention of a Dorval resident who observed traces of oil in the stream on January 6.
“Despite this very unfortunate incident, I am happy to see the rapid reaction of all the partners who were quick to meet and work together,” comments Dorval Mayor Edgar Rouleau.
A private pumping company, the emergency service of the Ministry of the Environment, Aéroports de Montréal (ADM), as well as the firefighters and environmental services of Montreal participated in the task.
The spill adds to an already difficult situation for the Bouchard stream, which is in a precarious state. Being one of the last to survive the urban development of Montreal, this is not the first time that it has suffered the effects of pollution by dumping damage causing products.
In particular, companies in the Dorval industrial park had illegally connected their toilet water to the storm sewer in addition to discharging other industrial water in an unauthorized manner.