Oil Spilled in Kootenay Lake near Balfour

For Immediate Release  |  April 15, 2017 

Caution for recreational water users near the Balfour Ferry 

Interior Health (IH) is cautioning people to avoid recreational use of Kootenay Lake along a 400 metre stretch of shoreline next to the Balfour Ferry terminal. The Ministry of Environment (MoE) reports that about 400 litres of gear oil has leaked into the lake, which has created a sheen on the surface of the water.

IH has consulted with the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) and MoE, and there do not appear to be drinking water intakes in this area. However, recognizing that people may choose to visit the area over the long weekend, Interior Health has decided to issue some information.

The impacted area is about a 400 metre stretch of shoreline along the west arm of Kootenay Lake. The oil can be seen to the immediate east and west of the Balfour Ferry terminal. People should avoid swimming in the area, and should prevent their pets from swimming there as well. There is no risk to people who choose to visit the beach as long as they don’t enter the water.


Interior Health will remain in contact with the Ministry of Environment and the Regional District of Central Kootenay as containment and cleanup proceeds.



Media, for information:
Tara Gostelow, Communications Consultant, Interior Health



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