Comment sought on next phase of pipeline cleanup in Laurel area

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 15, 2014 

The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking public comment on the next phase of oil-contaminated soil cleanup at Trans Mountain Pipeline's Laurel Station pumping facility in Whatcom County about four miles north of Bellingham.

The cleanup will be conducted under a proposed legal agreement between Ecology and the pipeline company. Public comment is being taken through May 19, 2014.

Petroleum leaks and spills occurred on the 15-acre site at 1009 E. Smith Road between 1971 and 2000, according to a press release from the state agency. Trans Mountain has conducted several cleanup projects since 1991 that have removed most of the contamination. The current project will clean up contaminated soil that remains in three parts of the pump station.

After cleanup, the site will be monitored to make sure the cleanup is effective, and Trans Mountain will do additional work if necessary.

To submit comments or ask questions about the site and the cleanup, contact David South, Ecology's site manager, by email, david.south@ecy.wa.gov, or by mail: Department of Ecology, 3190 160th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98008.

Documents describing the cleanup may be reviewed online at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/gsp/Sitepage.aspx?csid=102, or at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.

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