|FTLComm - Tisdale - December 19, 1999|
Imperial Esso was the owner of the planet's worst single pollution accident when the EXXON Valdez ran aground in the Alaskan panhandle. That was a spectacular and well publicized accident but dangerous pollution lurks beneath several sites here in Tisdale. The picture above is a site owned and fenced off by Montana Construction (aka Imperial Oil). This site is contaminated and the company will make no effort to sell the property because of the very high costs that would be incurred to clean up the buried contaminants.
The site placarded in the
on the right and below
right is also owned by the same
company but was at one time the site of a fertilizer distribution centre and is not known to be contaminated.
The empty lot that sits between Bow Mar Sales Ltd. and Venice House is quite another story. This site once had an Imperial Esso service station on it and the tanks leaked. Efforts were made to clean up the site and restore it to a marketable
but the company
decided it was to costly and the reclamation of of the site was halted.
Gasoline is not a single chemical but is instead a blend of various hydrocarbons such as benzene a known carcinagin. This is the reason you are ill advised to wash parts in gasoline, inhale its fumes or have it in contact with your skin. A new building erected atop a site like this one would
exposed to vapours flashing
off from the material in the soil and could collectin the building constructed
above it. For this reason you could not obtain a mortgage to build on such a site and for possible lawsuit potential Imperial Oil will not sell this property.
The former GT Mechanical building will be torn down as soon as SGI okays its demolition but the property it is on can not be sold for it also once had underground fuel tanks and that property is not economically reclaimable.
|When Seven Eleven took over the corner property they now operate they installed
new fuel tanks in the ground but did not remove all the old ones. Rather then go
to the relatively minor expense of digging up the old tanks they merely had them
punctured and filled with backfill. Seven Eleven's concern about possible
leakage remains high as they have had to soil around their site tested several
times to monitor underground contamination.
The picture below was also once a service station and it is on the list of contaminated Tisdale properties. All in all it looks like a considerable amount of the Southern part of the town's land mass is dangerously contaminated. Problems like these do not go away on their own and it is surprising that we are going into the new century with these pollution problems going largely ignored.