Mississauga, ON, March 15 — A light sheen of mineral oil was detected on March 15, 2001, on the surface of Lake Ontario off the Petro-Canada Lubricants Centre at 385 Southdown Road in Mississauga, Ont. Petro- Canada’s local response team was activated immediately. Response boats were deployed, however it was determined that the thin sheen was too light to recover and was dissipating quickly.
The Ministry of Environment, the Coast Guard and other government officials were notified. The Ministry of Environment attended the scene and conducted shoreline tests. As a preventative measure, approximately 500 ft of booms were deployed to protect the nearby Rattray Marsh. Petro-Canada has also conducted an assessment and found minor traces of the substance on its shoreline. Local monitoring will continue. No impact is anticipated to local drinking water or wildlife.
“Petro-Canada takes its commitment to the environment and our neighbouring community very seriously,” said Randy Koenig, vice-president of lubricants. “We quickly deployed our local emergency resources to respond to the situation and decided to deploy boom around the Rattray Marsh, purely as a preventative measure.” The Petro-Canada Lubricant Centre occupies approximately 500 acres and produces 800 million litres of lubes, fluids and specialty fluids annually.