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peopletalking

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It'd be nice if they did something different with the space, canals would be nice. They could be utilized for skating or maybe pond hockey in the winter with a nice street level promenade or something. But nothing will be done with that space until the city decides to clean up the creosote that leaked into the ground.
 

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The cleanup will have to be split between the city, province and feds I'm sure. Domtar owns the company that did all the creosote I believe, but I'm sure there is some statute that protects them from liability and the massive costs of cleanup.
 

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Could the creosote be a case where the ground becomes usable after a certain period of time - such as gas stations, which I believe is 15-20 years.
 

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The cleanup will have to be split between the city, province and feds I'm sure. Domtar owns the company that did all the creosote I believe, but I'm sure there is some statute that protects them from liability and the massive costs of cleanup.
There is definitely no such statute. I think a lot of environmental lawyers are surprised the government hasn't taken legal action yet.
 

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It'd be nice if they did something different with the space, canals would be nice. They could be utilized for skating or maybe pond hockey in the winter with a nice street level promenade or something. But nothing will be done with that space until the city decides to clean up the creosote that leaked into the ground.

Canals would be tough without building a weir on the Bow
 

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There is definitely no such statute. I think a lot of environmental lawyers are surprised the government hasn't taken legal action yet.
If I recall correctly, going after Domtar may not be worth the cost as it has no assets in Alberta. A judgement from an Alberta court would be difficult to enforce in Quebec.

Always questioned why the City uses that site as a snow dump. Not only would the runoff end up in the river, wouldn’t ground seepage potentially worsen spread of the contamination? The other snow dump by the northern approach of the Calf Rope bridge at least sets back from the river. I would have thought snow dumps would drain into settling ponds and undergo treatment.
 

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If I recall correctly, going after Domtar may not be worth the cost as it has no assets in Alberta. A judgement from an Alberta court would be difficult to enforce in Quebec.
Provinces have legislation which allows courts to enforce judgements from other provinces
 

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