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Government of Newfoundland to take on environmental liabilities at shipyard site

At the House of Assembly Wednesday afternoon, Placentia West-Bellevue MHA Mark Browne told reporters talks are off regarding a sale of the Marystown Shipyard, and he is disappointed in Kiewit for not closing a deal to sell the site.
MHA Placentia West- Bellevue Mark Browne

The provincial government will be taking on the environmental liabilities at the site of the former Marystown Shipyard.

Mark Browne, MHA for Placentia West-Bellevue, made the announcement during the Burin Peninsula Chamber of Commerce AGM held Wednesday, March 6 at St. Gabriel’s Hall in Marystown.

“The environmental site assessment was completed through the late summer and early fall,” Browne said. “That work was ongoing to determine what soil and marine sediments would be contaminated. We’ve booked that value now at $1.48 million. That work will be done on site — we’re committed to removing those liabilities to ensure that nothing stands in the way of the purchase and sale of the former Marystown shipyard so that people can get back to work.”

He added that the contaminants at the site date back to the early days of the shipyard.

“When government divested this site in 1997, it took on the environmental indemnity, so those liabilities government already has.”

Browne made the announcement that the government would do the work needed at the site on the same night that Paul Antle announced his company,Marbase Marystown Inc., would be trading places with the Town of Marystown to purchase the aging facility.

Remediation work at the site will start once Marbase takes ownership of the shipyard site.

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