Didsbury Hell: Do ordinary Albertans pay to repair oil & gas industry damages to public roads caused by hauling hundreds of thousands of tonnes of contaminated oilfield waste? Radioactive? Toxic with secret chemicals, carcinogens, heavy metals, BTEX? Hold your breath if you live nearby.

Councillor raises road concerns over heavy truck usage by Craig Lindsay, September 21, 2016, Didsbury Review

As hundreds of thousands of tonnes of contaminated [oilfield waste] soil is being trucked into the Didsbury landfill, at least one Town of Didsbury councillor is questioning whether it will damage a town road and who should pay for it. [Ordinary Albertans plan the AER, Alberta NDP government and oil and gas industry?]



2016 09 27: Photos by Diana Daunheimer of the contaminated oilfield waste pile at Didsbury landfill

Hold your breath if you live in Didsbury on windy days, which is often in Alberta.


Location of the contaminated oilfield waste dump north of Didsbury, Alberta

Coun. Joyce McCoy gave a notice of motion last Tuesday, which was carried by council, to direct administration to bring back information [What good will that do? Buy the polluters more years of abusing the community? Lead to council directing administration to bring back more information in 2017, more in 2018, more in 2019, more in 2020, while the community’s roads disintegrate?] regarding the effect on 23rd Street west to the landfill from trucks bringing in 120,000 tonnes of hydrocarbon contaminated soil and to ensure that Didsbury’s interests are maintained.

How much more road damage evidence is needed?

Aren’t the roads already damaged too much? Or did the county wait for the significant damages to occur first, to use the damaged roads as “baseline?”



2016 09 27: Photos of the damaged road in question and oilfield waste hauling truck by Didsbury area farmer and mother, Diana Daunheimer

The soil is being brought in by the Mountain View Regional Waste Management Commission (MVRWMC) from Ridgeline Canada to be used as cover material for the landfill. Large trucks bring the soil to the landfill and the transportation route goes down 23rd Street, which is owned by the Town of Didsbury, and onto Rge. Rd. 20.

McCoy is concerned that the amount of heavy traffic will be detrimental to the roadway and asked administration to look into possible solutions.

“Basically, 120,000 tonnes or however much it ends up being will destroy that piece of road from 582 to the train tracks, which is a town road,” said McCoy. “My thoughts are the town should consider putting a permanent partial road ban on RR20, to facilitate permits that would generate revenue to rebuild the road when Ridgeline is done.” [Really?  Oil and gas industry pay for damages they cause in Alberta while they profit-take? What galaxy is Mountain View County pretending to be in?]

She added that with an 85 per cent road ban in place, Ridgeline wouldn’t be able to drive the road until they have a permit, which would include a charge per tonne.

“The monies raised from the permits would go into a reserve for the rebuilding of the road,” she said.

McCoy would also like to see assurances that the contaminated soil is properly covered and not blowing around when it is being transported on the Didsbury portion of the road. “It was suggested that there should also be an agreement that (Ridgeline) will be responsible for any debris left on the road or in ditches by their truck,” she said. [Isn’t too late to be asking for assurances and public health protection after truck loads of contaminated oilfield waste have already been transported through the community, dumped and the roads already damaged?]

Coun. Sheila Schulz sits on the Mountain View waste commission as the Town of Didsbury’s representative and said that McCoy made some interesting points regarding the contaminated soil.

“Joyce brought up some great questions that hadn’t occurred to me,” said Schulz. “Some of the questions she asked I had the answers to and I was comfortable with. I didn’t think there were serious concerns when it was presented to me by Ridgeline and by our (MVRWMC) CAO (Pat Sliworsky). In my opinion, Pat Sliworsky knows what he is doing with landfill.”

Sliworsky told the Review that MVRWMC gets paid to take the hydrocarbon contaminated waste and uses it for “daily or intermediate cover.”

“They (Ridgeline) started towards the end of last month and plan on hauling the next two to three months depending on what Mother Nature decides,” said Sliworsky.

MVRWMC has been accepting hydrocarbon contaminated soil for the past three years but this is the largest amount they have ever received.

Sliworsky said that the hydrocarbon contaminated soil is acceptable at the Didsbury landfill because the landfill is a class 2B site.

“We are able to use this type of material if it matches the requirements (government regulations) to be used for daily or intermediate cover, and that’s the type of material we’re getting in,” he said.

Sliworsky said he had talked to town administration and was told they weren’t interested in a road use agreement.

“I did my due diligence by contacting them and letting them know what was coming in,” he said, adding that the administration had no issues with the road use. “I asked them if there was any road use agreement we needed to take care of and was told that at that time from their administration office, no, there wasn’t.” [How many elected officials in Alberta have the required integrity, ethics and courage to stand up to the oil and gas industry putting public health at risk and damaging rate payer paid for and maintained public roads and communities? Emphasis added]

[Refer also to:

2016 08 30: Didsbury landfill receiving 120,000 tonnes of contaminated oilfield waste


August 30, 2016 Mountain View Gazette

2016 09 02: New York signs law prohibiting fracking, and oil, natural gas waste in city; Alberta & other jurisdictions allow it dumped in landfills, on roads, leases, near communities and water ways (perhaps in them, who’s checking?). NORM increasing because of unconventional oil & gas, “has become a much more significant health, safety and environmental issue”

2015 03 01: Coming soon to an Alberta rural home near you: Double property taxes? Triple? Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) not happy with being able to freely destroy roads and other tax payer funded infrastructure, massive deregulation, regulators looking the other way while abusing harmed citizens, now asking municipalities for more

2014 08 27: Toxic Insanity: DEP issued permit to Range Resources for experimenting, adding radioactive waste to aggregate for paving well pads and access roads

2014 04 29: Dual Trucking suspected of dumping radioactive Bakken frac waste in Montana ordered to stop, but doesn’t, says waste will go to Canada

2014 02 19: With law violations, hazards, waste dumping, air noise land water pollution, permanent water loss, community division, adverse health impacts, lies, fatalities, enabling regulators politicians courts, massive subsidies, PR Panel urges industry to change frac ‘conversation’

2014 01 08: Encana begins using Rimby’s wastewater to frac; reportedly significant traffic impacts to residents and damages to public roads

2013 09 10: Attorney general files criminal charges against Marcellus gas drilling company for apparent intentional waste dumping

2013 10 10: Montana Towns Struggle With Oil Boom Cost as Dollars Flee amid destroyed roads and other horrific unmitigated frac boom and greed impacts

2013 04 09: Range rider is a cowboy conservationist, Harper government getting rid of the PRFA for inspector-free (range-rider free) drilling, hydraulic fracturing and waste dumping

2013 01 15: Money, politics and pollution in fracking country and waste dumping

2013 10 04: Pa. well site will be focus of fierce legal battle; Criminal charges for toxic frac waste spill/leak/dumping stun drilling industry

2013 12 19: First criminal case against a Shale firm opens for toxic frac waste spill/leak/dumping; XTO Energy Inc., subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corp. hires three law firms to defend itself

2013 12 22: BP, Chevron Accused Of Illegally Dumping Toxic Radioactive Drilling Waste Into Louisiana Water

2012 12 25: Mountain View County investigating possible road bans to prevent oilfield traffic damage [Is it working?]

2012 07 19: Illegal waste dumping needs to stop

2012 04 05: Georgia man admits to dumping gas industry sludge, 800 gallons of residual waste deposited on Pa. game lands

2012 06 08: North Dakota Turns Blind Eye to Dumping of Fracking Waste in Waterways and Farmland, Releases of drilling and fracking waste, which is often laced with carcinogenic chemicals, have wiped out aquatic life in streams and wetlands

2012 12 18: Joe Bezjak, 76 yr. old jailed for kicking oilfield workers off his property for illegally dumping waste a second time, Fayette County, PA

2011 & 2012 Encana unconventional drilling waste dumping in the same field of foodland at Rosebud


2012: Encana waste dumping on foodlands at Rosebud

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