Wells to be decommissioned

The ensuing work will take place on June 1-12 during daylight hours and will likely mean single lane alternating traffic.

Several wells along Highway 3 will have to be decommissioned and removed. The ensuing work will take place on June 1-12 during daylight hours and will likely mean single lane alternating traffic.

“B.C. Ministry of Environment (MOE) requires that groundwater wells that are no longer required must be properly decommissioned in accordance to the Groundwater Protection Act,” said Sasha Bird, manager of development and engineering for Grand Forks.

“To address this condition, Hemmera (an environmental company) is planning to decommission 85 groundwater monitoring wells along Highway 3 (Central Avenue) and surrounding streets and properties between 18th Street and Pahoda Slough.”

Bird said the wells were installed in various locations to monitor contamination. The work involved in removing the wells will be done by contractors hired by Hemmera.

“Hemmera is working for Chevron and Imperial Oil,” said Bird. “There is no cost to the city.”