Wabamun Train Derailment

Source of pollution: 
Animals affected
More than 1,000 birds oiled. Monitoring and hazing activities continued for one year due to ongoing oiling risks.
Species affected: 
Mainly Western grebe and red-neck grebe
Total estimate of oiled birds: 
International support: 

US Fish and Wildlife Service, Massey University (NZ), Hawaii Wildlife Center and the SPCA of Monterey County (USA) were among many international groups providing either direct assistance or advice.

On 3 August 2005, a Canadian National Railways train carrying Bunker C fuel and other petroleum products derailed in Wabamun, Alberta, Canada. Wabamun Lake and the surrounding area is an important migratory bird staging area and is home ot the largest Western grebe breeding ground in Western Canada.

Amount and type of oiled spilled: 
More than 80 tons of Bunker C fuel and 700,000 litres of Imperial Pole Treating Oil
Wildlife Response: 

Focus Wildlife led the initial response, working with a variety of local organisations including the University of Alberta, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton, the Alberta Institute for Wildlife and the Federation of Alberta Naturalists.