The Council of Canadians Quinte chapter is concerned by the impact of a now partially submerged 27-metre long industrial barge in Picton Bay, the source of drinking water for the community of Picton.
The barge, which began sinking on Thursday night, contains contains about 1,200 litres of diesel fuel and 100 litres of hydraulic fluid. While the fuel tanks are reportedly intact, a sheen is visible on the surface of the water from about 30 litres of fuel, that is believed to be a combination of gas and diesel and some emulsives.
Mayor Robert Quaiff says, “I’m relieved right now that there doesn’t appear to be a threat to our drinking water, but we are monitoring closely hour-by-hour and we are getting regular updates."
County Live reports, "[Mayor Quaiff] couldn’t say how close exactly it is to the municipality’s water intake pipe but said 'the sheen was coming dangerously close and we let Coast Guard Canada know it may be in violation and that’s when action was taken to deploy another boom around the contaminant.'"