Field Notes January 21/2002

January 21/2002

Field notes, Jan 18-21 2002
by Eric Mattson & Krystyn Tully

Technoparc notes, Krystyn Tully

January 18, 2002 -2 C, cold and snowing 10:40 a.m. arrive at site with Eric Mattson (EBI)

I park near the site with Eric and prepare the video camera. We walk near the edge of the highway to the top of the stairs at the monitoring station. There are footprints in the snow, as though someone as visited the site recently.

Eric and I go down the stairs. I stay on the platform and shoot video. The boom is close to the shoreline and most of the water (within the boomed area) is covered by snow. An oily sheen covers the water in the area enclosed by the boom. I try to get some long shots of the site and some close-ups of the oily sheen. The water is quite rough, with lots of ice traveling with the current.

I pass the video camera down to Eric, who has gone right down to the water’s edge. While I am waiting for him to video the area below the platform, I notice that the oily sheen frequently escapes the area enclosed by the boom and is carried downriver by the current. Eric ascends to the platform. He takes pictures of the discharges leaving the enclosed area while I take video. There are two main sites of escape – one directly in front of the platform and one just to my left (towards the bridge) closer to the end of the enclosed area.

We stop briefly on the way back to the car so Eric can take picture(s) of a second boom, downriver between the monitoring platform and the bridge. This second area is almost entirely covered in snow.

It is 11:00 a.m when we return to the car.

Technoparc notes, Krystyn Tully

January 20, 2002 2 C, overcast and snowing a little
10:55 a.m. arrive at site with Mark Mattson (EBI), Eric Mattson (EBI), Daniel Green (Societe pour vaincre la pollution), and Natalia Porowska (SVP)

We all arrive at the site together. I prepare the video and the digital cameras while Mark, Eric, Daniel, and Nat go to the riverbank under the bridge. (I) follow with the cameras and take video and stills of the large slick flowing downstream under the bridge.

Move upstream a little – take more video and stills of a spot where the slick has collected into a pool near the shore.


LS = long shot MS = medium shot CU = close up

(numbers relate to the image number on the camera)

under the bridge11. LS river under the bridge flowing east, oil slick on the water
12. same spot as 11, MS
13. closer view of oily slick on water near river’s edge
14 and 15. see 11.

Just west of the bridge
16. just west of the previous position and bridge, facing east: oily slick collection point on river’s edge
17. CU of 16
18. LS of 16 w/ slick and bridge
19. MS of 16
20. same position as 16-19, facing southwest
21. LS of 20
22. view of T2 from same position (looking from east to west)
23. same as 22

T2, west of previous two positions and closer to monitoring platform 24. T2 from top of hill 25. same as 24

T1, at the monitoring platform
26. T1 from above, standing on monitoring platform – area inside boom
27. T1 – note how boom is flush against shoreline
28. T1
29. LS of east end of monitoring platform, note again boom’s proximity to shore
30. LS monitoring platform, looking down from top of hill

31. slick facing east under bridge
32. CU of 31
33. same as 31
34. same as 31

east of bridge
35. east of bridge at top of hill facing west – note slick traveling downstream
36. CU of 35
37, 38, 39. same as 35

Pictures taken by Mark Mattson, east of bridge at river’s edge
40. bottom of hill, east of bridge facing east
41. see 40, facing south
42. same position, facing west, slick traveling downstream

(Krystyn’s pictures again)

east of bridge
43. top of hill, same position as 35-42, eddy/collection point
44-46. facing west

Pictures taken by Eric Mattson, T2
47-56. T2 site of sampling without boom freely flowing into river

(Krystyn’s pictures again)

At the river’s edge below the monitoring platform
57, 58. T1/T3 CU of discharge point
59. CU of T3, note thick black discharge
60, 61. CU of T3

Smell near T1/T3 was very, very strong. The oily sheen had rainbow colours, floating on water’s surface. T3’s thick and black discharge (had) a very strong smell – rotten egg like. Pictures 57-61 were taken just after T3 was sampled.

Just prior to this (T3) sampling, I took several minutes of CU video of the discharge bubbling up and leaving the discharge point.

In addition to the slick traveling downstream, I also noticed the oily slick escaping the booms and entering the river directly.

We (Eric, Mark, Daniel, Nat and I) left the site at 12:30.

Daniel phoned Environment Canada at 1:45 p.m. Environment Canada phoned back – Stephen Grelon (sp?). Daniel reported to him no containment and was told Stephen will make an incident report and call back with the report number.

Jan. 20th Eric Mattson

  • 11 am
  • taking 1 liter sampleNaming T1 G.P.S. 45. 29.27 N 073. 32.31 W 
  • water temp 35 f
    rinsed bottle 3x
  • took 1 liter sample
  • strong odor present
  • visible staining in the river outside of boom
  • East of boom pooling leachate and flow unabated down river
  • tree’s downed on side of river bank by animal
  • 50m east on shore discharge in river outside of boom flowing freely into riverT2 sample site G.P.S. 45. 29. 27 N O73. 32. 36 W 
  • 1 liter brown jug, rinsed 3x
  • water temp 35 f
  • strong odors and colors in waterT3-sample directly from discharge point 
  • black thick liquid bubbling up from rocks and going into river
  • strong odor
  • large volume of discharge from this point going into river where T1 was taken

Photos and video taken of all sample sites by Krystyn Tully Present at location were myself, Mark Mattson, Krystyn Tully, Daniel Green, and Nata Porowska.

Technoparc notes, Krystyn Tully

January 21, 2002
2 C, mix of sun and cloud with some snow
11:00 a.m. arrive at site with Mark Mattson (EBI), Eric Mattson (EBI), and Daniel Green (SVP)

The photographer from La Presse was at the site when we arrived.

The water level was much higher than on Sunday and the long slick could not be seen. Small slicks – oily, rainbow-coloured sheens – were still in the usual collection spots – T1, T3. The booms were still pulled close to the shore and T3 was completely submerged in water.

The photographer from La Presse left and the photographer from the Gazette arrived. Daniel showed him around the site. The Gazette photographer left and Anne and the videographer from Global TV arrived. I walked with Daniel, Mark, and Eric from the bridge to T1 and returned to the car (parked under the bridge) while Daniel and Mark were interviewed.

Daniel, Mark, Eric, and I left the Technoparc around 12:40 and drove to Environment Canada office. Eric and I waited in the car while Daniel and Mark went inside. They returned at 1:10.

Eric, Mark, and I dropped Daniel off at the Technoparc (Port Authority building) at 1:15 and headed back to Wolfe Island. As we drove down the highway passed the site, we saw Anne from Global with the camera on the top of the riverbank near T1.


LS = long shot
MS = medium shot
CU = close up

(numbers relate to the image number on the camera)

64. LS of Technoparc site, river on left, highway on right, facing west, standing east of the bridge
65. same as 63, zoomed out
66. standing at top of riverbank near T1/monitoring platform. On platform, left to right: Mark, Daniel, Anne, Eric, videographer near stairs on right below platform