Date extended for water-related hearing
Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 08:28 am
The dates and location are now set for a public hearing in Turner Valley in response to two residents’ concerns about the quality of their tap water.
To address the appeals raised by Roxanne Walsh and Julie Walker, the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board recently extended the hearing schedule from three days to four – April 28 to May 1 at the Flare ‘n’ Derrick Community Hall in Turner Valley.
The hearing will commence each day at 8:30 a.m. and finish at about 7:10 p.m. on April 28, 5:45 on April 29, 6 p.m. on April 30 and 12:15 on May 1.
Denise Black, the appeals board secretary, said the hearing is open to the public for viewing only, and anyone wishing to make a presentation to the board regarding the appeals must submit a request to do so to the board on or before March 2.
Last spring, Walsh and Walker submitted appeals regarding the construction of an infiltration gallery in the Sheep River and its connection to the water treatment plant, saying the gallery is close to a former landfill site used by the Turner Valley Gas Plant and 18 decommissioned septic fields in Calkins Place. They are concerned the water wasn’t adequately reviewed or tested.
Walsh submitted another appeal last summer in response to the Town’s proposed water treatment plant expansion due to its connection to the infiltration gallery and another more recently regarding the Town of Turner Valley’s request that Alberta Environment reduce its hefty testing and monitoring restrictions for its raw water reservoir. The restrictions were put in place after Walsh appealed the construction of the Town’s raw water reservoir in 2008 due to concerns about contaminants in the vicinity.
Once the hearing is concluded, the board is required to issue a report and recommendations to the Minister of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development for a decision.