There is no mention of any charges or fines in the update from the Ministry of Environment provided to SaultOnline today.
There is also no more expected shipping delays from the US Coast Guard perspective.
We asked each for a situation update on the clean-up efforts as well as fines/orders etc. going forward these were the responses.
Ministry of Environment Spokesperson Gary Wheeler-
Clean up contractors, hired by Algoma, are working at the site and booms are being replaced as required.
Oil from the spill created a large sheen along the St. Marys River near Algoma Steel’s property and downstream to the east. The visible oil on the river downstream is dispersing. As of June 13, there are no reports of any impacts to fish or birds from the oil spill.
Algoma Steel and the ministry have collected water samples on the river to assess impacts. The samples are being analyzed. Results are not yet available. Algoma Steel will continue daily monitoring to assess the clean-up.
In addition to implementing clean-up and monitoring plans, the ministry is requiring that Algoma Steel prepare and submit a report that outlines the cause of the spill and preventative measures to prevent a re-occurrence.
We will continue work with the company to make sure the effects are mitigated and appropriate actions are taken to protect human health and the natural environment.
United States Coast Guard 9th Division Media Relations-
Our Coast Guard Pollution Responders went out over the weekend and saw no residual sheening on the water. They are continuing to standby and are monitoring reports as they come in.
Algoma Steel reported the spill was contained.
No reports have been received in regards to affected wildlife and there are no restrictions on commercial vessels.
Stay with SaultOnline as we continue to bring you updates on the oil spill and clean-up operations and any fallout from the