City of Yellowknife blocks off contaminated site near airport

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Yellowknife, NWT – Some truckers in Yellowknife are reportedly struggling to find a suitable place to park their rigs overnight.

It comes after the city blocked off a contaminated site by Bristol Pit, near the airport, until it can be cleaned up.

Mayor Mark Heyck says oil and gas from large trucks parking there have seeped into the ground over the years.

He says it’s time for the site to be remediated.

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“We did an environmental assessment and we want to get it cleaned up so in the interim, boulders were placed around the perimeter to prevent any further contamination of the area. We did leave an area open for vehicles to get to the airplane that’s on display there. Until we get it cleaned up we want to make sure there isn’t further contamination happening.”

At least one councillor says the blockade is an inconvenience.

Niels Konge says commercial truck drivers frequently parked in that area, and now have one less place to rest when they max out their hours.

He says he may bring forward a motion to find another area for overnight big rig parking.

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