Province Non-Committal On Wollaston Spill Clean-Up

Monday, September 11, 2006 at 14:25



The provincial government is saying little about what it is prepared to do about the diesel spill at Wollaston Lake.


Earlier this summer, 6,000 litres of diesel spilled into the water — throwing the nearby Hatchet Lake band into a state of emergency.


Most of the diesel is gone, but some of it remains in the beach soil.


A band councillor says clean-up efforts are at a standstill right now because Indian Affairs won’t give the First Nation additional money for clean-up costs.


INAC says it’s prepared to give out a loan, but that’s about it.


Saskatchewan Environment spokesperson Traci Braaten says they are monitoring the situation, but there are currently no concrete plans for additional clean-up.


She adds the department is hopeful the fuel will be cleaned up before the snow flies.


However, she refuses to speculate on how that will happen.