Transformer oil spill remediation – how we are addressing clean-up from the storm damage

Throughout Manitoba, a number of our pole-top transformers were damaged and this may have resulted in some oil spills. Where possible, we have cordoned off suspected spill sites with snow fencing, or have marked them with stakes or flagging tape. Please do not move these markers, as they are meant to identify sites for cleanup.
If you encounter an area near our infrastructure that you are concerned may be a potential spill, please let us know and we will investigate.


Manitoba Hydro is in the process of bringing in specialized consultants to look after the oil spill clean-up and we plan to have them in the field once the sites are safe and power is restored to the affected areas.
The spill sites are being prioritized based on proximity to residences or to sensitive sites such as waterways. We are working with Manitoba Sustainable Development and Environment & Climate Change Canada to make sure that the clean-up process meets all regulatory requirements.
Our commitment to all Rural Municipalities and their residents is that we will keep you informed of progress on clean up. We plan to have the spill cleanup completed this fall, but the full restoration of some sites may have to wait until the spring, depending on the weather over the next month.
Transformer oil spill remediation – how we are
addressing clean-up from the storm damage
If you or your community members have any questions about these spills, please contact us by phone at 1-877-343-1631 or 204-360-7888 if you are calling from Winnipeg.
You can also email your questions directly to our Licencing & Environmental Assessment group at: leaprojects@hydro.mb.ca