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#41 Bingo

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 01:45 PM

They have been working right out to Government Street and Pembroke Street over the past few years.



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Posted 30 October 2014 - 01:51 PM

It is sheet pile they are installing to isolate the area they will then pump the water out and dig out all of the infected material then replace it with compacted gravel

This is what they have done on the whole site.

I watched one location there where they dug down about 8 metres and removed stuff that looked like black tar pudding and lots of it . It was then replaced with clean gravel fill and compacted. It was a very large area.

The contamination was also under government street and also under that industrial complex that was torn down



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Posted 30 October 2014 - 01:56 PM

Pembroke Street side

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 01:58 PM

Why, once they remove the gunk, don't they reclaim it as land?


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Posted 30 October 2014 - 02:00 PM

Thanks guys. From the federal website I would take it that they are in Stage 3 of 3. Glad to see this is coming along. Would love to see that pedestrian footbridge linking up Rock Bay to the south end of Bridge Street sooner than later.



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Posted 30 October 2014 - 02:02 PM

Nothing wrong with water front. That area was all filled in years ago. Rock Bay was once much bigger than it is now

Underneath the building they tore down the place with Phoenix Gym .The excavation was huge and mixed in with the black much solution were many many piles from a long gone dock that used to be at the edge of the Bay which is now almost at Government st



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Posted 30 October 2014 - 02:04 PM

Thanks guys. From the federal website I would take it that they are in Stage 3 of 3. Glad to see this is coming along. Would love to see that pedestrian footbridge linking up Rock Bay to the south end of Bridge Street sooner than later.

 

I remember the city talking about saving the rail span from the Johnson Street Bridge for a section of that.



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Posted 30 October 2014 - 02:16 PM

^ That sounds like a very cool big-city idea. Here's to hoping that might actually happen! 



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Posted 30 October 2014 - 02:21 PM

There was a bridge there for years.

The Rock Bay neighborhood was once an upscale area, (Bounded by  Pleasant -Gorge Government Bay)

It had some really grand houses and some expensive real estate for the time period.

 

There are still a number of these houses standing albeit they are attached to warehouses etc.

 

The area then lost its glamour .

 

To get to the Rock Bay one would walk down Store St past Capital Iron and onto a bridge that used to cross Rock Bay

 

Here is a photo of that bridge.There are remnants of teh bridge still visible today.

 

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 02:22 PM

There was a bridge there for years.

The Rock Bay neighborhood was once an upscale area, (Bounded by  Pleasant -Gorge Government Bay)

It had some really grand houses and some expensive real estate for the time period.

 

There are still a number of these houses standing albeit they are attached to warehouses etc.

 

The area then lost its glamour .

 

To get to the Rock Bay one would walk down Store St past Capital Iron and onto a bridge that used to cross Rock Bay

 

Here is a photo of that bridge.There are remnants of the bridge still visible today.

 

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 03:02 PM

You can see the Capital Iron building at right near the middle of the picture.


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Posted 30 October 2014 - 10:15 PM

That map must be outdated, because they have removed and replaced soil right out to Government and Pembroke Streets.

 

Here is the actual area that is being cleaned up not a guess but from the Federal Governments website

 

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you can read about it here  http://www.federalco...En&n=9009D23F-1



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Posted 30 October 2014 - 10:41 PM

The second photo was likely taken from the top of this brick building looking towards the corner of Store and Pembroke Streets.

 

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Victoria Gas Works - 1920's  The gasometers had telescoping sections that moved up and down, depending on the volume of gas on hand.

The building at bottom right is at the corner of Store and Pembroke, and can still be seen on Google Maps.

 

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 10:56 PM

Interior view of brick and mortar foundation, 20 metres in diameter and 7 metres high.

 

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Posted 31 October 2014 - 06:49 AM

One of four gasometers at the coal gasification plant.

 

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 08:33 PM

Contaminated Soil Removal?

 

I haven't pointed my camera in this direction much but last week there was a flurry of activity at the Rock Bay cleanup site.  Large mounds of what I assume to be contaminated soil that were sitting covered on the Transport Canada site were being quickly moved onto a large barge.  Anyone have any further insight?

 

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The next day the barge was being towed away...

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The next day you could see that most of the soil had been removed.

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 10:32 PM

Says right on the barge - it's mercury ;)


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#58 Bingo

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 10:51 PM

I wonder how far offshore they dumped it?



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Posted 04 December 2014 - 07:28 PM

^ Just outside Port Angeles.


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#60 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 07:35 PM

Where are the protesters (the ones against shipping oil?).   What if that barge crashes?  And contaminates our harbour forever?


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