Bay Street road improvement hits glitch

  • Mar. 26, 2008 10:00 a.m.

Roadwork on Bay Street in Queen Charlotte hit a glitch when a layer of oil was found in the soil. The work was being done to deal with drainage issues, says the Ministry of Transportation’s Randy Penner, in charge of operations for the district. He says the existing drainage was functioning, but the culvert ran directly under private residences and was difficult to maintain. The highways crew moved the culvert to a nearby right of way between the Pentecostal church and the Government Agent’s office. But during the excavation, workers found a layer of oil. The Ministry of the Environment was called, the contaminant was contained and soil samples taken, but the results haven’t come back, says Mr. Penner. In the meantime, the contaminated soil was removed and Highways is looking for a home for it. “We may be able to take it to the dump site,” said Mr. Penner, adding that the soil can be neutralized with enzymes there. Digging in the fall of 2006 for a water line in the same area turned up human remains. Mr. Penner said the workers had a Council of the Haida Nation archaeology monitor on site for the recent work for this reason. He says two more bone fragments were found, which were assumed to be connected with the previous find. The CHN allowed the workers to continue. The work was part of Highways commitment to deal with as much road work as possible in the two and a half years before Queen Charlotte Village takes over maintenance. “We don’t want to leave them a legacy of any issues they may be concerned about,” he said. He says other issues will be dealt with in the coming year, depending on budgets.

Just Posted

Blaze consumes dwelling in Masset

The Masset Fire Department received the first call around 8 p.m.

All Nations Driving Academy gets $360K boost from province

Terrace-based driving school bridges gap in services for remote northwest B.C. communities

Skeena Watershed reopened for recreational pink and coho

Four sections and tributaries remain closed

Skeena-Bulkley Valley candidates react to finding Trudeau broke ethics law

The election campaign is heating up before the writ has even dropped

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

U16 B.C. fastpitch team named national champs

Girls went undefeated at national tournament in Calgary

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

Most Read