Site work be­gins at Chestertown hos­pi­tal

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CHESTERTOWN — Shore Re­gional Health an­nounced site work has be­gun on the cam­pus of Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Chestertown that is es­ti­mated to last sev­eral weeks. It is all part of the on­go­ing oil re­me­di­a­tion process.

The hos­pi­tal has been at­tempt­ing to re­me­di­ate an oil leak for more than 25 years, the lat­est ef­fort in­volv­ing the use of Ivey-Sol, a chem­i­cal de­signed to ab­sorb oil residue.

The Mary­land Depart­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment’s re­quest for a sub­sur­face in­ves­ti­ga­tion work plan has been ap­proved. The plan calls for the in­stal­la­tion of six new mon­i­tor­ing wells, de­signed to “fur­ther aid in as­sess­ing the pres­ence of resid­ual or free phase heat­ing oil on the hos­pi­tal grounds.”

Con­struc­tion on the wells be­gan Wed­nes­day, May 18, with full in­stal­la­tion pro­jected to be com­pleted by June 15. Park­ing spa­ces may be blocked and traf­fic tem­po­rar­ily rerouted.

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