Seaway reopens after chemical spill
Published July 28th, 2004
GANANOQUE, Ont. - The St. Lawrence Seaway has been reopened
near Gananoque after an accident sent nearly 50,000 litres
of chemicals into the water, halting shipping for most
of the day, Tuesday. Traffic through the area will be
slow for the rest of this week, because only a narrow
channel has been opened.
The accident occurred around 5 a.m., Tuesday, when a
Canadian barge ran into rocks at a narrow passage near
Alexandria Bay, N.Y., leaking thousands of litres of calcium
chloride into the waterway.
FROM JULY 27, 2004: Seaway closed by chemical spill
Calcium chloride is a water-soluble chemical that is used
to melt road ice, to control dust, and as a preservative
It's considered a low-toxicity material, but its ingestion
can cause gastrointestinal upset, vomiting and abdominal
The accident happened on the U.S. side in a narrow channel,
preventing other ships from getting through.
A spokesperson with Emergency Services for Jefferson
County, N.Y., said the spill did not pose a health risk
to the water supply.
Gananoque is about a 20-minute drive east of Kingston.