Saturday, October 10, 2015

City to tackle environmental issues in Moresby Park

The City recently responded to an
Environmental issue in the woods
of the city's Moresby  Park
A routine inspection of some aging World War Two Fuel tanks and lines that run through the Mosreby Park area found the City of Prince Rupert having to take some environmental remediation action over the last few days.

As part of the inspection, it was discovered that one of the tanks in the area had suffered a minor tear related to a fallen tree. The tear had released a small amount of contaminated rainwater, which was quickly contained to prevent any environmental impact.

As part of the process involved in such matters the Ministry of Environment and Department of Fisheries and Oceans were notified of the incident and the City now will launch efforts along with other levels of government to co-manage the need for the eventual remediation of the site.

In a Friday media release from the City, the plan moving ahead for the remediation project was outlined, which will see the City seek proposals from qualified contractors, using a competitive procurement process for the decommissioning of the tank as well as several others located in the Moresby Park region.

“It’s time to take action,” ... “These tanks have been here since WWII. It’s time for us to get on top of these longstanding issues in the community.” -- Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain, speaking to the need to decommission a number of oil tanks in Moresby Park

The City of Prince Rupert will soon be
seeking proposals for the decommissioning
of aging WW2 era oil tanks found deep in
the woods of Moresby Park

The tanks at Moresby date back to the days of the United States Military bases in Prince Rupert during the Second World War, in the years following that war, the Government of Canada used them for Naval purposes storing bunker sea oil in them.

By the time the 1970's came around the City had bought the properties back from DND, including all of the previously-existing infrastructure located on those sites.

The procurement process will be outlined by the City as they formalize their plans and work to move forward with the project.

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