Union Bay Coal Piles – Most Contaminated Site on Vancouver Island

A Little history that I found on the Union Bay coal hills.

Union Bay coal hills on priority contaminated site list in B.C. https://youtu.be/_JJBM4eQNi8

The coal hills in Union Bay are among 13 priority contaminated sites in B.C. that have been identified by the Province.

  • Scott Stanfield
  • Aug. 30, 2012 2:00 p.m.
  • A Remedial Options Feasibility Report prepared for West Fraser Mills by Keystone Environmental considers various technologies to deal with the Union Bay coal hills. It suggests a soil cover option is the cheapest at $17 million. The costliest would be complete excavation and off-site disposal, estimated to run between $71 million and $95 million.
  • ·         According to the Environment Ministry, cleanup of the Union Bay coal hills involves the Province, West Fraser and Kensington Island Properties.
  • ·         Most of the site is on Crown land under lease to West Fraser until 2018. A smaller portion of the site is private land owned by KIP. The allocation of projected remediation costs has yet to be determined. https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/union-bay-coal-hills-on-priority-contaminated-site-list-in-b-c/

Kensington Island Properties sells 28 acres of contaminated Union Bay land to the province

Kensington Island Properties sells 28 acres of contaminated Union Bay land to the province

In April, Kensington Island Properties (KIP) sold 28.32 acres of contaminated land in Union Bay to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. The land was sold for one dollar and “other valuable consideration.” The Land Titles and Survey Authority in Victoria registered the transaction on April 20.

Draft plan for Union Bay coal hills remediation to be submitted this spring

West Fraser Mills is paying for the installation of an engineered membrane

A draft plan for the remediation of the contaminated Union Bay coal hills should be submitted to the province this June, and the information could be public by the fall, according to a representative from West Fraser Mills.

Although most of the information contained in the agreement between West Fraser and the provincial government over the coal hills’ clean-up is still confidential, representatives from the two bodies presented an update on the issue at the Comox Valley Regional District’s April 24 board meeting.

Draft plan for Union Bay coal hills remediation to be submitted this spring

Well June 2019 around the corner stay tuned.

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