Friday, March 23, 2012
NOT THE ONLY SWEETHEART DEAL IN TOWN
Steve Kannon of the Woolwich Observer has written an excellent article in today's paper titled "Council clears way for expansion at Safety-Kleen". I have indicated that I was very impressed with Woolwich staff's willingness to go the extra mile in advising me as to what their options were under various , mostly Provincial, planning legislation. I must add that Steve's comment that my O.M.B. action "...was dealt with in a dismissal ruling last March." is deceptive. All parties including myself came to a negotiated settlement which while far from perfect was an improvement over the initial plans. What should be noted by the public in this article is the following: "Some 10,000 to 20,000 gallons of oil-based contaminants sit in the shallow aquifer under the site, dating back to the 1960s and 70s. Safety-Kleen has been pumping out the sludge and treating the waste, recovering about 2,000 to 3,000 gallons to date. Full remediation is expected to take more than 20 years." THINK CLEARLY ABOUT THIS FOLKS ! It's been there for half a friggen century , it's still there and allegedly won't be cleaned up for another twenty years. Is Everybody crazy? This is 700 yards (metres) from the Grand River. Two Municipal wells (K70 & K71) have been shut down for a decade and a half. P.C.B.s are mixed in with this 10,000 to 20,000gallons of oil. The very same Region of Waterloo who also gave Safety-Kleen an Indemnity when they bought Breslube, allege that the two drinking wells are shut down due to bacteria. BULLSHIT folks !