Tanker overturns on Dempster

A tanker truck rolled over on the Dempster Highway Wednesday afternoon near Eagle Plains, spilling about 200 litres of diesel fuel onto the road.

A tanker truck rolled over on the Dempster Highway Wednesday afternoon near Eagle Plains, spilling about 200 litres of diesel fuel onto the road.

Environment Yukon officials say the oil tanker was carrying about 13,000 litres of diesel when it overturned at Kilometre 382 of the Dempster Highway, about 13 km north of Eagle Plains.

“I can tell you that no diesel made its way into any water source. I believe the Eagle River is about 5 km south of that area, but no other major water sources are nearby, nor did any contents reach any,” spokesperson Eric Clement said in an email.

None of the diesel even made it as far as the ditch, Clement said. A second tanker was brought in and the fuel left in the tank was pumped off.

Environment Yukon’s spill report line was called at 2:40 p.m. Workers from the highway grader camp at Eagle Plains responded with a spill kit.

The truck is owned by the Alberta-based Environmental Refuelling Systems.

The road north of Eagle Plains was reopened as of Thursday morning. It had been closed because of a blizzard further north.

Contact Ashley Joannou at

ashleyj@yukon-news.com

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