Hydrochloric acid that spilled from a tanker truck when it crashed this week near the B.C-Alberta border has leaked into a nearby creek, officials say, raising concerns about drinking water.
A corrosive tanker truck crashed along Highway 2 near the area of Tupper, south of Dawson Creek, on Thursday, according to information posted on the B.C. government website.
“The tanker truck and pup trailer ended up in the ditch with the pup trailer landing upside down,” the statement said. Drive BC said the highway was reduced to single-lane traffic overnight.
A tanker truck carrying hydrochloric acid was involved in a single vehicle accident yesterday (March 22, 2018) near the Alberta border on #BCHwy2. 17,000L of product spilled. Two EEROs are en route to the site to oversee spill cleanup. Incident report: https://t.co/3bqMxowqUz pic.twitter.com/8sTckI3lMW
— B.C. Spill Response (@SpillsInfoBC) March 23, 2018
Initial reports suggested nothing had leaked, but when specialized crews arrived to clean up, it was determined that 17,000 litres of “product” had spilled.
Two environmental emergency response officers were deployed, while Northern Health was notified about potential drinking supplies in the area.
“Multiple test pits were dug along a nearby creek and preliminary testing suggests the product has migrated along the creek,” the statement said. “The extent of the migration is difficult to determine due to the snow pack depth and the product being clear in colour.”
A spokesperson with the ministry of environment did not add any further details.
Northern Health has not yet returned a request for comment.