Kootenay residents could be hired to help clean up B.C. jet fuel spill
A tanker carrying 35,000 litres of jet fuel is shown after it crashed Friday into Lemon Creek, about 60 kilometres north of Castlegar, B.C., on Saturday July 27 2013. (Benjamin Jordan / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
CASTLEGAR, B.C. - An ecotoxicologist from Castlegar, B.C., is the latest expert to join clean up efforts underway on Lemon Creek in the southeastern corner of the province.
Katherine Enns has been asked to help the Slocan River Streamkeepers' Association interpret and share environmental data taken from Lemon Creek and the Slocan and Kootenay rivers, following last month's spill of 35,000 litres of jet fuel.
Clean up organizers are also turning to Slocan Valley residents for help skimming the fuel from pools and eddies along the waterways.
A hiring fair will be held at a Castlegar hotel Aug. 7, with those interested asked to email a resume to email@example.com before the event, in order to speed up the process.
A crew of 50 continues to try to scoop up the fuel, dumped July 26 when a tanker truck veered off a gravel forest service road, spilling its entire load into Lemon Creek.
Residents have been ordered not to use water from the creek or the Slocan and Kootenay rivers above and below the Brilliant Dam, until further notice.