On March 21, shortly after Clintonville, Wisconsin began experiencing mystery booms, a strange white substance was discovered east of Clintonville in the Fond du Lac River. On March 29, a similar substance was discovered in Sheldon Creek in Burlington, Ontario. On April 7, a milky white fluid was observed bubbling up in Coal Harbour, Vancouver BC.
"Two of these incidents occurred in a river or creek bed, and as we have explained these spots represent a thin place in the crust, so the crust sags and thus water pools there. In Vancouver, the milky substance bubbling up was in an inlet bay, in an area just east of the San Andreas fault line. Note also that all 3 incidents are in a line from the West Coast to the East Coast, and thus the emergence of this milky substance could be related to the bowing of the N American continent. Despite the assurances of those assigned to investigate and explain, no identification of the substance was done! So what is this substance?
Just as the air itself can become solidified into Angel Hair on occasion, due to electrical changes in the particles holding the atoms together, this type of phenomena can occur in water too. The bowing can drop sinkholes, shift bridges, and rip open crevasses, but this is all surface activity. When movement in the deeper rock occurs, then the electromagnetic screech we have referred to as a frequent warning of a pending earthquake increases. Rock pressed close together allows electricity to flow via water trapped in the rock layers, and this moves electricity. Thus, temporarily, the water composition changed, making it appear milky and causing bubbles to emerge. Simple as that."
This phenomena was also reported in Codorus Creek near York, Pennsylvania on March 22 and Oak Creek in Montecito, California, also on March 29. A chronological progression of associated media reports is provided below:
March 21, 2012
Fifteen feet below Brooke Street in Fond du Lac, a mysterious substance is floating in the holding tanks of a pumping station. The substance was first noticed by a fisherman Tuesday afternoon. The man saw the liquid coming out of the pumping station.
Public Works operations director Stephen Kees says two technicians confirmed both the substance and the smell.
"This is a very milky white substance, kind of like between a petroleum smell and like a sulfur like smell," said Fond du Lac Public Works Operations Director Stephen Kees.
The fire department placed a boom in the Fond du Lac River to stop the liquid from spreading. Fire Chief Peter O'Leary says the pumping station has been shut down since the leak was noticed. O'Leary says only a small amount of the oily substance found it's way into the river. Crews will be spending most of the day pumping out what's left of the oily substance at the pumping station and Chief O'Leary says they have traced the source back from the pumping station sewer line to a recycling center about a block away.
"We went with Public Works to go do some testing of a nearby manhole and saw a substance in the water that wasn't normal, it was a murky white substance that smelled like it was petroleum based," he said.
O'Leary says he believes the leak is coming from a filtration system underneath Sadoff Metal Recycling. O'Leary says lab testing should confirm what the substance is. Sadoff CEO Mark Lasky did not want to go on camera, but tells FOX 11 the company takes environmental concerns seriously. Lasky says Sadoff is conducting it own investigation to see if it is the source of the leak. Lasky says the company has already paid for trucks to pump nearly 17,000 gallons of contaminated water from the pumping station.
"We don't know how much of that is contaminated, let's just says it's all contaminated and we could have had a significant environmental impact on our rivers," O'Leary said.
A hazardous situation averted thanks to an alert citizen.
March 22, 2012
The white substance was determined to be more than 90 percent water-based, a fire official said.
York, PA - Members of York County's hazmat team traced a white substance spotted in the Codorus Creek on Thursday morning in York to a city block where other liquids have been dumped in the past, according to a fire official.
Responders tracked the substance back to a storm drain in the 300 block of West Gas Avenue, said York City Fire/Rescue Services Assistant Chief John Kottmyer.
About 7:47 a.m., city firefighters and hazardous materials workers were called to the bridge on West Philadelphia Street, near Grant Street and North Pershing Avenue.
Someone who works at the nearby Susquehanna Commerce Center had spotted the substance, Kottmyer said.
About 10 a.m., Kottmyer said the substance had stopped flowing into the creek.
Hazmat workers tested the substance at the scene. "Whatever it was ... they were able to determine it was better than 90 percent water-based," he said.
The high percentage of water meant it presented minimal harm to the creek - although, ideally, nothing foreign should be introduced into the creek, Kottmyer said.
As far as the amount of the substance, Kottmyer said it wasn't as though it had blanketed the creek, but it was emptying into the creek and clinging to one of its banks for about 10 to 20 feet.
Kottmyer added that the state Department of Environmental Protection had also been called to the scene to extract a sample to be tested.
March 29, 2012
Specialists so far have confirmed that the milky white substance is neither a hazardous chemical nor pesticide.
The Montecito Fire Protection District responded Thursday evening to a report of an unknown substance in Oak Creek, in the 1500 block of Bolero Drive.
First responders arrived about 5:15 p.m. and found a milky white substance in the creek, according to department spokeswoman Geri Ventura. A scene survey was performed, but personnel were unable to determine the origin. The scene was secured.
Ventura said a hazardous materials unit assisted with sampling and analysis of the material.
Hazmat specialists determined the substance is soluble in water, and that it is not a hazardous chemical or pesticide. Further investigation by the California Department of Fish & Game will be necessary to determine any additional mitigation measures.
Other responding agencies included the Santa Barbara City and County Fire Departments.
March 29, 2012
A mysterious substance in Burlington's Sheldon Creek has sparked an investigation by the Ministry of the Environment.
Sheldon Creek turned “milky white” after an unknown chemical spill was found in the waterway late Thursday afternoon.
The area is about 500 metres north of the Queen Elizabeth Way near Appleby Line.
Halton police issued a public warning Friday, though by mid-afternoon the spill was cleaned up and the flow from the source appeared to have stopped.
Still, the substance remains a mystery.
Kate Jordan, spokesperson for the Ministry of the Environment, said that although the chemical has not been identified, it is known that it “did not have an impact on aquatic life in the creek,” Jordan said.
Samples of the chemical have been taken to a lab for analysis to determine what it is.
“Until we know the MOE's test results, everyone is proceeding with caution,” said Jeff Black, Burlington's manager of field services.
“It's a bit alarming when you see it,” he said of photographs from the scene. “It is a milky white substance that originally clouded the water extensively. It was a bit drastic.”
“Since then the cloudiness and the milky texture have gone away and it's cleared a bit.”
A cleanup team from the Hamilton firm Newalta was on the site with vacuum trucks and flush equipment.
Roger Bojanowski, branch manager of Newalta's emergency response unit based in Stoney Creek, said water and the contaminant was pumped from the creek and safely stored pending the MOE's analysis of the chemical.
The chemical is heavier than water, he said, and Newalta used an underflow dam that allowed water to pass over it but collected the contaminant for removal.
As of Friday evening, they still had not determined if the problem was caused by a spill or a discharge.
Jordan said the spill was discovered by a resident of the area who called the ministry's spills action line. The ministry has taken samples to analyze. Halton police said it appears the spill originated from the area of John Lucas Drive, south of Mainway Drive.
April 7, 2012
A mysterious white fluid spotted bubbling up in Vancouver's Coal Harbour Saturday morning may be waste associated with construction activity, city officials say.
Residents walking along the waterfront noticed the whitish-grey flow bubbling up from below sometime around mid-morning.
It took some time, however, to sort out what the substance may have been.
First responders were baffled.
"At this time we don't know what the substance is," said Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Battalion Chief Rod MacDonald, whose crew arrived at the scene at around 11 a.m. PT.
MacDonald said it appeared the milky liquid was coming from an underwater storm water outflow pipe.
"We're waiting for the arrival of [the] sewers [department] so they can indicate to us whether this is a normal situation or not," he said.
At 1:30 p.m., an agent from the City of Vancouver's environmental protection branch arrived on scene.
Shortly after 2 p.m., workers from the city's sewer department arrived.
They confirmed the discharge came from a storm sewer and, whatever it was, the flow had stopped by mid-afternoon Saturday.
Sewer operations workers flushed the pipe with clean water and said no more of the strange fluid was coming out.
They suspected materials from a construction site may have been dumped into a street-side storm water collection grate somewhere in Coal Harbour or the West End.
City officials say that kind of dumping is against city by-laws, but has happened before.
MacDonald said agencies with the Port and with the federal government were notified about the incident, and that no dead fish have been spotted yet in the area of the outflow.
"The wildlife in the area seem to be OK so far," MacDonald said.
"It's a positive sign, but not a conclusive sign."