Officials deal with oil spill in Heart's Delight-Islington

Nicholas Mercer
Published on January 16, 2014
A Stantec Limited employee checks the soil in Heart's Delight-Islington after the top layer had been cleared away on Jan. 16. Earlier in the day, the hose of a Western Petroleum fuel truck broke releasing some 300 litres of oil onto the ground.
Photo by Nicholas Mercer/The Compass

The noticeable scent of furnace oil hangs over the air in Heart's Delight-Islington after an oil spill in the community on Jan. 16.


There is also the sound of machinery as crews worked to clear soil effected by the spill. The shoulder of the road, as well as parts of two lawns have been cleared of the top layer.

Some 300 litres of oil from the broken hose of a Western Petroleum fuel truck broke spilled along a small portion of Route 80 in the community around 8:30 .a.m.

The spill is located approximately one kilometre west of the town hall and has affected at least two homes, and possibly a third.

Ron Harnum is the owner of the home where the truck was delivering oil. He was not home at the time, but quickly returned when he heard of the incident.

Upon returning home, the black substance was over part of his lawn. Heavy rains this morning carried the oil along the road.

When asked what he thought upon returning home, Harnum's answer was simple.

"Accidents happen," he said.

 Harnum said he was pleased with the response time of the officials with Stantec Limited, as well as the oil company.

He said officials have called multiple times makign sure everything is okay with his home.

"They'll put it back as best they can," said Harnum.

Heart's Delight-Islington Mayor Denzil Sheppard was made aware of the incident not long after it happenend.

He has been in contact with people at the scene.

Sheppard thought the response time was "excellent."

"Our fire department was on the scene right off the bat," he said.