An oil spill at the aging Riverview Manor in Montague was reported to the Department of Communities, Land and Environment last Thursday, November 10.
An employee at the manor noticed the fuel oil leak at a supply line near a heating boiler in the basement.
“A contractor was called in to repair the leak and begin an initial assessment of what clean up will be required and how to carry out this process,” a spokesperson for province said.
A soil sample from a sump area in the basement near the spill was taken but at this point, the volume of fuel lost is still unknown.
“We have advised staff that a clean up needs to begin immediately in order to minimize further impacts.
An environmental consultant will be hired to begin this work,” the government spokesperson said.
For the past year, the Riverview Manor has been a bone of contention in the community as the new facility promised by government in 2009 has still not been constructed.