BRACEBRIDGE - A spill of diesel fuel was reported at the old brick storage shed/washroom building at Annie Williams Memorial Park at approximately 10 p.m. on June 26.
The spill was reported to the Town of Bracebridge by a representative of the Annie Williams Memorial Park (AWMP) board. In response to the notification from the board, the town immediately contacted Comco Canada Inc. for assistance in responding to the spill. Comco is the leader in petroleum engineering and support in central Ontario. It provides environmental services, including site assessments, containment remediation and emergency spill response.
The District of Muskoka was also notified of the spill.
After speaking with officials from the AWMP board on June 26 it was determined that Comco would send a staff team to the park on June 27.
Comco has been on-site since June 27 and has contained the spill. Comco is developing a remediation plan to clean up the site.
After evaluating the full extent of the spill it was determined that the Ministry of the Environment should be notified regarding the spill. The required notification has been made to the ministry and it will be kept informed regarding the actions that are being taken by the town and Comco.
As the area of the spill is quite limited, Annie Williams Memorial Park, including the pavilion and washroom building, remains open to the public.
Staff of the Town of Bracebridge will be working closely with Comco and representatives of the Ministry of the Environment as necessary.
“Although it is unfortunate that a spill took place, the Town will continue to take whatever steps are necessary to clean up the area and to fully restore the Park” said Mayor Graydon Smith.