Truck rolls over near Meadowbank mine, spills estimated 20k litres of fuel
Driver is safe, freshwater not yet contaminated, but too early to say the impact of the spill, Agnico Eagle states
A fuel tanker rolled onto its side on an all-weather road near Meadowbank Mine on Monday afternoon, spilling an estimated 20,000 litres of fuel, Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. said in a news release.
The driver was not hurt and an emergency response process began after the report of the crash came in.
Meadowbank Mine is a gold mining complex owned by Agnico Eagle. It’s located 110 kilometres by road from Baker Lake.
No fresh water has been impacted by the spill, according to the release, which cited work done by an emergency and environmental response team.
“They will implement all the measures needed to do the reclamation of the area,” Agnico Eagles spokesperson Casey Paradis St-Onge told Nunatsiaq News.
He added it is too soon to say how long it will take to clean the spill.
St-Onge also said it is too early to say how much the spill will impact Meadowbank Mine’s operations but that employees are still able to go to work.
An investigation is being conducted to look into how the accident happened, Agnico Eagle’s release stated.
Once the spill was reported, Agnico Eagle contacted the federal and territorial government and Kivalliq Inuit Association.
Transport Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Government of Nunavut’s Department of Economic Development and Transportation, as well as the Department of Environment, also did not immediately respond.
Kivalliaq Inuit Association stated it is currently working on a response to the incident.