Coldstream cleanup process continues

Officials are still trying to determine how extensive a gas spill was, which took place at Coldstream Market Nov. 25

Officials are still trying to determine how extensive a Coldstream gas spill was.

On Nov. 25, 6,000 litres of gasoline spilled on to the ground as the fuel tanks at Coldstream Market on Kalamalka Road were being filled.

“They are moving into the second phase which is an assessment for subsurface (gas). They have done coring of the pavement to make sure nothing got through any cracks,” said Rick Wagner, an emergency response officer with the Ministry of Environment.

The assessment could take some time and if gasoline is present underground, a cleanup plan will be developed.

The first phase of the process was removing all pooled fuel and snow from the store’s parking lot, and cleaning out catch basins on the property.

No details on the cause of the spill have been released.

The spill forced Coldstream Elementary and the municipal office to close for a day.