“When called upon to assist at a major environmental emergency, the Strategic team responded quickly and came well equipped. The spill responders Strategic provided were well trained, motivated and eager to assist in any way they could. Strategic provided key personnel for public information and media liaison, field response, the Incident Command Planning Section and GIS mapping. Their responders arrived with the skills, knowledge and training necessary to operate professionally in a stressful and sometimes hazardous environment. Strategic is a company that will continue to be called upon when an urgent spill response is required.”
– Rick Grindrod, Incident Commander and Emergency Response Specialist

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Lemon Creek Fuel Spill

Summer 2013

When a tanker truck carrying 33,000L of Jet Fuel tumbled into remote glacial river in BC’s Slocan Valley, Strategic was tasked to work with Western Canadian Marine Response, SNC Lavalin and Quantum Murray. Working in the Emergency Operations Centre and out on the water, Strategic played a key role in preventing the spread of fuel into the Columbia River and participated in shoreline assessment and clean up activities for nearly six weeks through to completion.


  • BC Ministry of Environment
  • Regional District of Central Kootenay
  • Interior Health Authority
  • Western Canadian Marine Response Corp
  • SNC Lavalin
  • Quantum Murray
  • Polaris Applied Sciences

Challange & Solution

Highly sensitive river ecosystems ranging from glacially fed Lemon Creek to valley bottom Slocan River to the globally important Columbia River  »  Dedicated and resourceful team of professionals
Public pressure and national media exposure  »  Systematic planning and coordination of resources and schedules
Need for rapid response and sustained effort of 12+ hour days, 7 days per week for nearly 6 weeks  »  Integrated and experienced project teams with an emphasis on communication

Key Metrics

Project: 33,000L of Jet Fuel spilled
Mission: To help contain fuel to specific area and coordinate cleanup efforts
Location: Slocan Valley near Nelson BC
Project Value: $6,000,000


  • Over 25,000 person hours spent on site over 6 weeks
  • 150km of river edge assessed
  • 2000m of containment boom deployed
  • Incident Command Team
  • Shoreline cleanup
  • Logistics
  • GIS mapping
  • Information Management
  • Media Liaison