Let me begin by expressing our thanks to the many who have called and emailed their support for the continuation of the Annapolis Project. We are delighted that the energy and drive to finish the project remains strong within the dive community. Today marks one year since the planned final inspection would have taken place. The successful completion of that inspection would have resulted in the sinking of the Annapolis shortly thereafter in Halkett Bay. This was before the unexpected discovery of PCB’s within the chemical coatings covering the paint applied to the canvas which holds the insulation materials in place. Looking at the time line, you can understand the various steps along the journey.
Nov. 2012 – planned inspection halted / ARSBC warns government of risks associated with any delays, Dec. 2012 – planned sinking (date to have been set) – postponed, Jan – June 2013 - Environment Canada conducts tests / ARSBC awaits results, warns again of delays, and continues to press Environment Canada for a timely response, June 2013- Environment Canada tests results conclude PCB’s exist / ARSBC begins working with various government agencies to develop solution, June 2013 – present - ARSBC maintains resolve to complete the Annapolis Project. The ARSBC continues to work diligently with various government departments to secure government cooperation, support, and resources necessary to complete the Annapolis Project.
The ARSBC has spent considerable time and effort in its campaign to work with the responsible government authorities to find a solution and complete the Annapolis Project. We have had many productive discussions with various government departments and are hopeful a solution will be finalized in the near future. We continue to do everything within our power to complete this project as efficiently as possible.
The process has been laborious. The ARSBC has been diligent and proactive to ensure all appropriate government authorities have been provided with the information needed to develop a comprehensive plan to complete the project. The ARSBC is in constant communication with various government departments and has spent hundreds of hours in this regard to ensure our voice is being heard.
We understand that senior members of the federal government are aware of the situation and the tremendous hardship that these delays have caused to the ARSBC. It is understood that we are seeking assistance from the federal government to complete further remediation work through the use of professional skilled labour. Dealing with the complexity of this issue within government is not a simple, easy or straight forward task. However, we have engaged the appropriate government authorities in a diligent and professional manner. As a result of these efforts we have been able to develop positive relationships within the provincial and federal government. We want to assure all those who have helped on this project that we have not given up, and while great uncertainty still prevails, we will continue to update you on any further developments.