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Shell crude oil tank leak, “shelter-in-place” St. Clair Township, Ontario

Environment Pollution in Canada on Saturday, 12 January, 2013 at 05:28 (05:28 AM) UTC.Base dataEDIS Number:ED-20130112-37828-CANEvent type:Environment PollutionDate/Time:Saturday, 12 January, 2013 at 05:28 (05:28 AM) UTCLast update:—Cause of event:Damage level:Minor

An incident across the St. Clair River in Canada is producing odors on the American side of the water. St. Clair County fire and hazmat personnel are monitoring the area and emergency management officials are in contact with the incident commander, according to the St. Clair County Emergency Management. The possibility of an odor may be present over the next day or two. Shell Canada experienced a crude oil tank leak at their facility in Chemical Valley Thursday afternoon. Shell is allowing crude to flow to an oily water separator, which is considered best practice. They are estimating the pump-out time to be up to four days. At 2:16 p.m. Sarnia Police notified St. Clair County a “shelter-in-place” was issued for St. Clair Township, Ontario only. The crude oil is contained within the fence line of Shell Canada. The shelter in place was issued for anyone within approximately one-half mile north of the Shell Canada facility. The winds today are coming out of the south at 10 mph. There is no immediate threat to the citizens of St. Clair County at this time, according to authorities here. At 3:45 p.m. the office of emergency management was notified the shelter in place was cleared. There is continuous monitoring of the situation by the Canadian and U.S. authorities and St. Clair County Emergency Management remains in close contact with the Canadian partners. Additionally, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has indicated that there is no threat to the St. Clair River. City of Port Huron and City of Marysville Fire Department are monitoring the air quality, as a precautionary measure, according to the Office of Emergency Management.

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