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Decommissioning of Buried Fuel Lines, Sable Island NPR - Environment and Climate Change Canada

The proposed project will see the decommissioning of a series of buried fuel lines which historically supplied fuel oil to various buildings at the Sable Island Main Station and Western Light.  Since the fuel lines are no longer in active use, the continued presence of potential fuel in the lines presents an on-going risk of leakage and contamination.  The objective of the project is to recover fuel oil that may remain in the fuel lines, to remove accessible portions of the fuel lines and to purge, drain and cap/plug remaining, inaccessible fuel lines.  The work will be completed by a Nova Scotia Environment (NSE) licenced petroleum contractor.  Fuel will be collected in small drums and/or buckets at strategic location in the field and transferred to 205L drums for on-site storage until off-site removal in conjunction with the next sea lift.  The recovered fuel will be disposed at an NSE approval disposal facility.


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Latest update

October 9, 2020 – Parks Canada intends to make a determination regarding whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. To help inform this determination, Parks Canada is inviting public comments until November 8, 2020 respecting that determination.

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Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 New project being assessed by Parks Canada - Public comments invited from October 9 to November 8, 2020 - October 9, 2020

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Sable Island National Park Reserve
1869 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1S9
Telephone: 902-426-1500

  • Location

    • Sable Island National Park Reserve of Canada (Nova Scotia)
  • Project Type

    • Waste Management
    • Remediation and conservation
  • Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Authorities

    • Parks Canada Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number

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