A cleanup is underway after a fuel spill at the Imperial Oil Refinery in Nanticoke.The Ontario Ministry of the Environment was made aware of the diesel spill at Imperial Oil on June 3. The company confirmed with the ministry that about 95 litres of diesel was lost from a leaking valve. An unknown amount of the diesel entered into Hickory Creek and a nearby wetland.“The ministry takes all spills and threats to the environment very seriously. The ministry’s role is to coordinate and oversee clean-up efforts to ensure environmental impacts are properly addressed,” Gary Wheeler, communications official with the Ministry of Environment, said in an email to the Reformer.Ministry staff respond to active incidents to assess the nature and extent of any potential environmental impacts that may occur as a result.Imperial Oil has requested that a section of South Coast Drive just west of Sandusk Road be limited to local traffic only. There are personnel working on the roadway as part of the cleanup effort.“We just want to make sure that they’re as safe as possible, so we made the request for the partial road closure,” Kristina Zimmer, manager of public and government affairs at Imperial Oil Limited, said in a phone interview on Tuesday.Imperial Oil repaired the valve and deployed absorbent booms at the mouth of Hickory Creek and an adjacent wetland. The spill appears to be contained, said Wheeler.There appears to be no impact to wildlife at this time. Ministry staff gathered water samples for analysis and the company continues to monitor water quality up and downstream of the booms, said Wheeler.“We’ve got trained teams who are routinely tested against a very wide range of scenarios, and that include spills,” said Zimmer. “Incidents like this are rare but we do believe that as part of our commitment to the environment and environmental responsibility, we need to maintain a strong capability to respond.”Zimmer said this is the first spill to occur in the year and a half she has been with Imperial Oil. She is unsure when or if there has been another spill such as this at this site.Impacted soil was removed from the area and Hydro-vac trucks are taking part in the clean-up. The company submitted a draft clean-up plan for Hickory Creek to the ministry. Imperial Oil will submit a clean-up plan for the wetland as soon as access has been improved.The ministry will continue to oversee clean-up and remediation efforts as necessary.