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Cleanup continues in Ashbridges Bay following Hydro One leak

Crews are working to clean up a leak in Ashbridges Bay that officials say poses no threat to drinking water or the environment.

Toronto Fire’s Hazmat unit was called to the Lakeshore and Coxwell area around 6:30 p.m. Monday after a substance, initially thought to be diesel or home heating fuel, was found leaking from storm drains into the lake.

Officials from the ministry of the environment were already on scene, trying to skim the substance off the water’s surface, when the Hazmat team arrived. Booms were also laid to contain the spill.

On Tuesday the Ministry of the Environment confirmed the substance is mineral oil used by Hydro One to lubricate hydro lines and cool them down.

Hydro One, Toronto Fire, the Port Authority and city crews were at the scene Tuesday continuing the cleanup effort.