Future development on a former gas station lot at the entrance of downtown Trail could very well depend on what’s discovered during environmental assessment.
Contractor Mud Bay Drilling Co. Ltd. was on site at the old Esso lot on Victoria Avenue Wednesday to do routine drilling of wells that will be monitored over a period of time.
“Our aim is to eventually sell the land but this would depend on a variety of factors – including local market conditions and environmental condition of the property – so it’s difficult to speculate on timelines for when that would occur,” said Imperial Oil spokesman Jon Harding.
“The properties could be redeveloped but due to the past commercial use there, they are subject to site profiling and investigation (detailed soil sampling to test for contamination), as well as potential remediation, pursuant to the provincial Environmental Management Act and Contaminated Sites Regulation,” explained city administrator Michelle McIsaac.
Depending on the results of the site investigation and soil sampling, remediation of any soil contaminants may be required before the properties could be sold and or redeveloped for use.