Oil leaks from Irving storage tank in St. John's

Published on January 14, 2014
Oil tanks on the south side hills of St. John's. — Photo by Ashley Fitzpatrick/The Telegram

Oil was seeping out of a storage tank on the Southside Hills of St. John's early this morning.

St. John’s Regional Fire Department was informed of the leak at 3 a.m., according to Supt. Derek Chafe.

Some product had leaked from one of the tanks and it was contained in the dyke area,” said Chafe, who considered the spill to be well-contained.

It wasn’t anything (of) any environmental or public concern. Relatively small from a tank farm perspective.”

Irving, by that point, had enacted its response plan for the leak. Firefighters assisted Irving personnel with cleanup work until 7 a.m. By then, other crews had arrived to help. Chafe said the fire department then turned the scene over to Irving.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Environment and Conservation confirmed that Service Newfoundland and Labrador’s spill line did receive a call about the incident.

The Telegram attempted to reach Irving Oil for comment, but had not received a response as of midday today.