Oil Spill Response

We have annual training sessions to keep our employees up to date on spill response. We are equipped to handle both marine and land based spills. We can do gasoline and fuel tanker rollovers. We have the training and equipment to provide safe, fast and effective spill response.

Sutherland Excavating Ltd. maintains 2 dedicated spill response trailers at Miramichi. These units serve all of New Brunswick. The units consist of absorbents, pumps, booms, 2 boats, skimmers, hoses, generators and air compressors. They are equipped with work lights, hand tools, coveralls, survival suits, protective equipment and all equipment necessary for a remote area response.

We provide oil spill response training to industrial sites upon request. We are a part of several large industrial customer’s ISO and EMS plans. The best situation for an industrial concern is to contact us before a spill happens so we can be a part of the contingency planning and we can be familiar with the site.

Spill Reporting

Government requires that any spill be reported. If the spill is minor, then a call to the local NB Department of Environment may be all that is required (778 6032). If the spill is major or on the water, then the following number should be called:

Canadian Coast Guard / Environment Canada
24-Hour Emergency Number

Sutherland Excavating Ltd., maintains 24 hour response and is available at: Cell 506-627-9690 Office 506-622-5437

Callers should ensure that as much information as possible is included in the notification; however, do not jeopardize personal safety to obtain this information.

Following is a list of information that is particularly useful:

  • Location
  • Time of observation of spill
  • Reported by
  • Probable sources of the spill
  • Probable time of spill
  • Nature of material spilled
  • Probable volume of spill
  • Probable duration of spill
  • Area affected
  • Mobility of spill
  • Weather, water or geographic conditions
  • Action being taken to contain and/or control the spill
  • Personnel at the scene of the spill