Work is underway to clean up an oil spill on a creek in Esquimalt.
According to the Township of Esquimalt, crews have installed booms along Gorge Creek in an effort to contain an oil spill near an outfall by Craigflower Road.
The township says the source of the oil spill isn’t yet known, but crews are investigating the municipality’s drain network.
“As this is an evolving matter, the public’s patience as crews work to identify and mitigate the source is appreciated,” the township said in a press release.
Staff were first alerted to the spill by a member of the public who reported seeing an oil sheen on the creek Tuesday afternoon, according to the municipality, which is urging residents to be mindful of what they pour down the stormwater collection system.
“The public is reminded to be careful with what enters stormwater collection systems. The material eventually enters aquatic environments and can have negative effects on plants, wildlife and pets,” the township said in a press release.
Anyone who finds a spill or believes one is at risk of occurring is asked to report it immediately by calling 1-800-663-3456.