Haul truck fitting breaks down, spills canola oil on Saanich Road – Vancouver Island Free Daily

Crews lay down 90 bags of absorbent to mop up a canola oil slick on Prospect Lake Road. (Courtesy of the District of Saanich)
Crews lay down 90 bags of absorbent to mop up a canola oil slick on Prospect Lake Road.  (Courtesy of the District of Saanich)Crews lay down 90 bags of absorbent to mop up a canola oil slick on Prospect Lake Road. (Courtesy of the District of Saanich)

A loose fit is to blame for leaving a trail of canola oil on Prospect Lake Road.

Saanich drivers appealed to a slippery substance covering the southbound lane of the road between the old Prospect Lake Golf Course and West Saanich Road Thursday, May 26. A haul truck transporting oil to a storage facility reported a loose fitting allowing product to spill, a district spokesperson said.

Crews remained on site Friday, having worked late into the night, deploying three booms in local waterways and 90 bags of absorbent to mop up the spill.

Saanich worked with the Department of the Environment and the transportation company to ensure necessary precautions were taken to protect the environment, the spokesperson said.

Friday afternoon the road was open with signs warning of slippery roads.

The road is also undergoing continuous improvements where Prospect Lake, Sparton, West Saanich and Interurban Trail meet. The works mean that drivers face alternating single-lane traffic with periodic closures in this section. This work should be completed in the fall.

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