The asphalt spill from the McAsphalt plant in Port Stanley harbour has reduced to 70% of its original size.
It is estimated that by the end of the month the asphaltic emulsion should have completely broken up and been stored.
The storage tank ruptured on 22 December, spilling $1.6 million (€1.2 million) of hot liquid into the moat where it hardened and needed to be broken up by excavation equipment in order to remove it.
Earlier last month two McAsphalt representatives, Fred Darlington and Joel Gardner, appeared before the Central Elgin Council to answer questions about the spill.
At the meeting, the public put forward questions for the councillors to ask and Darlington defended McAsphalt’s actions, saying the company had ‘done the best they could in the circumstances’ following the spill.
Darlington also said there was no longer a risk the spill could harm animals as the company had reclaimed a large proportion of the spilled product. However he acknowledged that about 5% of the spill would not be able to be cleaned up.
The pair was asked to give weekly updates to Central Elgin Mayor Bill Walters after the council criticised the way in which the company dealt with the spill.