Early analysis suggests using a $200-million community revitalization levy to partially bankroll the Calgary Flames group’s mega sports complex in west downtown won’t work, Mayor Naheed Nenshi said in a recent year-end interview. This summer, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corp. pitched an ambitious plan to build a new NHL arena, CFL stadium and public field…
One of the biggest hurdles to be cleared before Calgary Sport and Entertainment Corporation’s proposal for an $890-million arena, event centre and fieldhouse can move forward will be the environmental remediation of the West Village.
When it comes to the environmental cleanup of the proposed CalgaryNEXT’s West Village site, there’s no precedent for the province stepping in to cover the cost, said the premier.
“We have operated in this province for many years on a principle of polluter pay and there’s really no precedent of the province stepping in to pay the cost of remediation when a polluter has contaminated a piece of property,” Premier Rachel Notley said during a visit to the Calgary-Foothills riding Wednesday evening.
The provincial and federal governments bear some responsibility in remediating contaminated land in the city’s West Village where the owners of the Calgary Flames and Stampeders hope to build an $890-million sports complex, says Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
First, soil remediation at the proposed arena site has been underway for years, begging the question of who is paying for that. Whoever that is, by paying the cost, has accepted liability and is responsible for completing the clean-up.
Second, the polluter should pay, not just “help pay”.
Alberta In April 2012, it was proposed that the Alberta government change regulations so that the Community Revitalization Levy (CRL) could be applied to remediation costs “incurred by a private developer.”:18 “The CRL does not currently allow the levy to be used for remediation costs incurred by a private developer. While the CRL is quite a comprehensive approach that is not widely used, it is suggested that a change in regulation to allow the levy to apply to remediation costs would provide inc
Contaminated groundwater is likely flowing around, over and even under a $12.5-million containment wall the Alberta government built nearly two decades ago to keep toxic creosote beneath a former wood preserving plant west of Calgary’s downtown from oozing into the Bow River. While levels of naphthalene in the waterway have spiked in recent years and exceeded guidelines…
Calgary’s city council secretly approved the $36.9-million purchase of contaminated land — now being pitched as part of the site for a new downtown arena and stadium complex — despite expert reports that warned the extent of the pollution and potential cleanup costs needed further investigation.
Remediation guesstimates for the soil contaminated at the GSL site range from $200 to $300 million, compared to $36.9 million to buy the site.
There’s nothing polite to say about this purchase. I think it was bought with the idea that in the near future it could be used as a contribution for the proposed new Flames arena. That way, Council could say that no public funds were being used for a private sports organization.
Also, the word “secretly” is bothersome. Public business (buying the land) should be done in public!
A former government official says Alberta’s contaminated sites legislation was drafted over two decades ago with an eye to making Domtar Corp. clean up the mess at a former wood preserving plant in Calgary where experts have estimated close to two million litres of toxic creosote and pentachlorophenol leaked beneath the surface. But in the…