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Ward 7 News: Sears Contamination - Letter to Minister Phillips

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With Sears' bankruptcy, the company abandoned its commitment to the Hounsfield Heights/Briar Hill Community Association to monitor contamination from the former North Hill petroleum station. The Sears station leaked contaminants not only on-site, but into the community.

Recently, I wrote to Minister Phillips to encourage the Government of the Alberta to aggressively pursue this situation. We must ensure that polluters cannot walk away from their responsibilities. The letter can be viewed by clicking on the link below:


On Wednesday, Alberta Environment issued an Environmental Protection Order to the property owners, requiring that monitoring and remediation efforts restart. The order requires that the owners:

- Immediately re-commence semi-annual soil vapour monitoring

- Immediately recommence groundwater sampling and monitoring

- Fully delineate the dissolved gasoline plume by 1 July 2018

- Submit a written plan to remediate contaminants on the property and any contaminants from the property that have migrated off site by 15 December 2018

- Provide annual reporting to Alberta Environment

- Respond to inquiries from affected off-site landowners within three business days

- Create a communications website within thirty days that provides regular status updates, copies of monitoring reports, and report summaries

This order is encouraging and should assist in finally resolving the long-standing contamination issue. I am encouraged that the Government of Alberta is taking meaningful action on contaminated sites. Thank you to the Community Association and MLA David Swann for their continued advocacy on this issue.

To read the full order, visit:


This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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