Rotting cruise ship contaminating Red River

MS Lord Selkirk II.

MS Lord Selkirk II.

Amanda Lefley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:39 PM ET

SELKIRK, Man. — The MS Lord Selkirk II is leaching hazardous materials into the Red River, including arsenic and lead, a new report says.

University of Winnipeg biology professor Eva Pip found there is significant leaching and contamination occurring in the vicinity of the derelict cruise ship, which has been rotting in the river’s slough since 1990. Pip said the pollution poses a risk to aquatic life.

“These contaminants cannot be degraded and their fate is limited to flushing and deposition downstream, sequestration in sediments, or entrance into aquatic life,” the report says.

Water samples collected from seven test sites “indicate significant environmental contamination.”


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