Despite it being in the early stages of development, a proposed facility for the St. John’s waterfront that would treat wastewater from the offshore oil industry is getting a rough ride from local officials.
Coun. Tom Hann, chairman of the city’s planning and housing committee, tells The Telegram that the committee will recommend at next Monday’s meeting that council oppose the development.
The proponent is Encanex Environmental Oil & Gas Corp., which wants to build a plant on the MI SWACO site bellow The Battery.
The plant would take in wastewater that could contain petroleum hydrocarbons and other contaminants associated with the offshore oil industry.
The wastewater would be piped into the facility via existing pipes, treated, and then released into storm or sanitary sewers.
According to the company, all potentially hazardous materials would be separated from the wastewater before it's released and there would be no danger to the public anywhere in the process.
The facility would provide up to five new jobs.
The proposed site is on land owned by the St. John’s Port Authority, which means the city has no say as to whether or not the facility will eventually be built. However, the proponents would need the city’s permission to hook its equipment up to the city's wastewater facilities.
For the full story see Wednesday’s Telegram.