River spill under investigation

On Friday, a mysterious substance was discovered flowing into the Yukon River. The substance is seeping up through the soil near Boston Pizza in Whitehorse and is flowing across the ground into the Yukon River.

On Friday, a mysterious substance was discovered flowing into the Yukon River.

The substance is seeping up through the soil near Boston Pizza in Whitehorse and is flowing across the ground into the Yukon River.

Now, five days later, officials with Environment Canada and Environment Yukon still don’t know what it is.

“But likely hydrocarbons are involved,” wrote Environment spokesperson Nancy Campbell in an email.

Samples are being analyzed, and findings will determine the next steps, she wrote.

The size of the spill and its source are unknown, wrote Campbell.

Environment Canada is the lead on this spill, she said.

However, multiple jurisdictions are involved.

On Friday, the Whitehorse fire department laid absorbent padding down to try and sop up the mess.

“Booms are in place to contain the spill seeping into the Yukon River, and the site is being monitored,” wrote Campbell.

Officials with Environment Canada did not return calls before press time. (Genesee Keevil)

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