Oil spill at NL Hydro plant on Burin Peninsula


Published on September 26, 2016
Oil spilled from Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro's hydroelectric generating plant near the mouth of Paradise River on the Burin Peninsula is seen on the water's surface.
Photo Courtesy of NL Hydro

An investigation is continuing into the cause of an oil spill that occurred at Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro’s Paradise River hydroelectric generating plant on the Burin Peninsula.

Hydro spokeswomen Erin Squires confirmed in an email the incident was reported on Friday.

“Response, clean up and investigation began immediately and continued through the weekend,” Squires said.

Approximately 100-150 litres of oil was released into the environment, according to Hydro’s current assessment, Squires said.

The oil tank at the eight-megawatt hydro station has a total capacity of 540 litres.

East Coast Emergency Response was brought in to assist at the site. The incident was reported to Service NL, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and Environment Canada.

An absorbent boom was deployed on Saturday as part of the cleanup effort.

Squires said there is no concern for nearby residents.

Paradise River flows into Placentia Bay at the inlet of Paradise Sound. Monkstown is the closest community in the area.

“Hydro’s generation reserves are sufficient and therefore there is no risk to Hydro’s ability to provide reliable electricity service as a result of this incident,” Squires said.