Wor­ries over drilling blun­der

Work­ers warned to halt bor­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Jonathan Geddes

Amem­ber of the pub­lic came to the res­cue after a team be­gan drilling into ground in Cam­bus­lang once con­tam­i­nated with toxic waste.

Scot­tish Wa­ter in­tend to cre­ate a new sewer over­flow near to Dukes Road, which was once the site of a chromium waste dump.

Aprivate firm, En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­en­tific Group, be­gan in­ves­tiga­tive drilling but were alerted to the po­ten­tial dan­ger after a mem­ber of the pub­lic con­tacted South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion dis­cov­ered sus­pected traces of chromium in the ground, some three to four me­tres be­low the sur­face, but sam­ples have been taken for lab­o­ra­tory test­ing to con­firm the na­ture of the sub­stance.

The bore­hole has now been filled in and sealed.

The site was cleaned up and made safe after ex­ten­sive work was car­ried out in 2005 by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

Bungling work­ers last week at­tempted to carry out test bor­ing work - in a Cam­bus­lang park known as a chromium waste hot spot.

The work on Dukes Road was started last Wed­nes­day by a pri­vate firm called En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­en­tific Group, but came to a halt after a mem­ber of the pub­lic con­tacted South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

The coun­cil then in­formed Scot­tish Wa­ter, who sus­pended the work, which was to cre­ate a new sewer over­flow.

Chromium waste was dis­cov­ered in the soil there in the early 90s, forc­ing the clo­sure of the Dukes Road play park sited there.

The area was fenced off for over a decade, while de­con­tam­i­na­tion work took place. This was com­pleted in 2006, with the cre­ation of Quar­ry­field Park, and new homes were built on another part of the site.

The Re­former was con­tacted last week by in­di­vid­u­als hor­ri­fied at the work be­ing car­ried out.

One said: “I couldn’t be­lieve it. Ev­ery­one knows the his­tory of this site. What were they think­ing?”

A Scot­tish Wa­ter spokesper­son said: “Our con­trac­tors ESG were sink­ing a bore­hole at a pro­posed lo­ca­tion for a com­bined sewer over­flow cham­ber as part of ground in­ves­ti­ga­tion work in Dukes Road, when they halted work after dis­cov­er­ing sus­pected traces of chromium in the ground.

“The sub­stance was dis­cov­ered 3-4m be­low ground and has not yet been ver­i­fied as chromium. There is a his­tory of ground chromium in that lo­cal area. Sam­ples have been taken for test­ing. The bore­hole has been filled in and sealed. The area where we were work­ing is com­pletely safe. Once we re­turn to site we may have to do fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions de­pend­ing on the out­come of the sam­pling.”

Shirley Clel­land, head of fleet and en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil said: “We were alerted by a mem­ber of the pub­lic that a pri­vate company was con­duct­ing test bor­ing on be­half of Scot­tish Wa­ter in the area. The mem­ber of the pub­lic had ap­proached the drillers to in­form them there had been pre­vi­ous re­me­di­a­tion work un­der­taken in the area to ad­dress po­ten­tial chromium con­tam­i­na­tion.

“On in­ves­ti­ga­tion we found the company had com­menced bore­hole excavation. How­ever our en­vi­ron­men­tal health staff have re­quested the company cease ac­tiv­i­ties un­til dis­cus­sions have taken place re­gard­ing fur­ther works on the land. The bore­hole has been sealed and all ex­ca­vated soil re­moved for anal­y­sis.”


Un­aware A team started drilling on this site near Dukes Road, un­aware of chromium waste

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