Posted in coal hill, Kensington Coastal Pointe, Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., The Union Bay Community, Union Bay Estates, Union Bay Resorts

Union Bay Estates – contamination not confined to the coal hills. Plus, “Cesspool of contaminants” now included in 100 acre park.

Remediation – a word we have lived with for a very long time. So 10 years ago the VP of KIP stated the coal hill was a “cesspool of contaminants that continued to leech into Baynes Sound.” There has been zero remediation but suddenly KIP has included the “cesspool of contaminants” in the Union Bay Estates as part of a 100 acre park.

With this in mind I don’t have much confidence in the remediation of the contaminated soil in the article below.

Great job covering with the plastic – I can see it must be very effective. 🙂

https://www.mycomoxvalleynow.com/52320/contaminated-union-bay-soil-to-be-disposed-of-on-site/

Contaminated Union Bay soil to be disposed of “on site”


James Wood

James Wood, staff Friday, Mar. 29th, 2019

 The Union Bay Estates work site along Highway 19a just north of the Washer Creek crossing is pictured on March 18th, 2019. Photo by James Wood/98.9 The Goat/Vista Radio 

UNION BAY, B.C- Contaminated soil being dug at a large Union Bay development won’t be leaving the area.

The development, which officially launched in March of last year, will be bringing huge changes to Union Bay, a small community in the Comox Valley’s south end.

The project, run by a company formerly known as Kensington Island Properties (KIP), is planned to bring in a total of 2,949 homes in the lightly-populated area, under the name of Union Bay Estates.

The project will take up 346 acres in total, around the core of the current Union Bay community, with multiple phases.

Work on the site has picked up in recent months, with land getting cleared along the Old Island Highway and near the Union Bay coal hills.

The MyComoxValleyNow.com newsroom sought comment from the provincial Ministry of Environment on the matter. According to the ministry, contaminated railbed soil was temporarily stockpiled at the site as part of the pre-development land clearing, including the work to establish an access road.

LINK: https://www.mycomoxvalleynow.com/51920/union-bay-estates-developer-says-work-is-going-as-planned/

The newsroom sought more comment from the ministry about the material, and how it will be disposed of.

According to the ministry, the environmental consultant being used by Union Bay Estates at the project is preparing a plan that includes onsite containment of the excavated soils. That plan will be reviewed by the ministry as part of a remedial plan approval process.

The soils were first excavated at the end of January 2019, and placed on the same railbed. They were placed at least 50 metres from a riparian setback from Washer Creek, and are not expected to pose an environmental concern to the creek or surrounding community.

The ministry indicated that residents don’t need to be concerned about the material being dug up blowing into the community.

“The stockpiles were covered with plastic sheeting to protect against rain and wind erosion following excavation in January, with additional erosion and sediment controls installed around them,” read the ministry response.

“Heavy snowfall at the beginning of February prevented access to the site until just recently. When it became evident to the environmental consultant that the stockpile coverings required repair, additional plastic sheeting was installed and further erosion controls were implemented. This work was done the week of March 18.”

As for whether or not the ministry would be recommending any further clean up at the site, beyond the current steps being taken by the developer and their contractor, it was indicated that that would be assessed during the remedial planning and review phases.

“The site will be remediated in accordance with a remediation plan prepared by the environmental consultant and reviewed by the Ministry,” read the response.

Asked why digging and stockpiling would be allowed prior to a remediation plan being in place, the ministry had the following statement.

“At this time they are operating under a permit issued by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to construct an access road, which includes tree removal/land clearing,” read the statement.

“They are authorized to clear lands outside designated development permit areas and they must maintain buffers around watercourses and the ocean as well as around nesting habitat for eagles and heron.”

The soil will be managed on site.

“Managed on site” can mean a number of different things depending upon the nature of contamination and a site’s specific circumstances (e.g., proposed land use, size, geology, etc.),” read the ministry response.

“The qualified professionals developing the remediation plan will determine if onsite management is a feasible remediation option and, if so, will specify the actions to be carried out to ensure that human health and the environment are appropriately protected; these actions could include containment and/or treatment of contaminated material or even less intervention if supported by a risk assessment.”

There are no plans to move the soil from the site to another location, according to the ministry. They will be monitoring the project as it continues.

Posted in coal hill, Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., UBID

Kensington Island Properties VP Brian McMahon Stated Coal Hills Area “A cesspool of contaminants” – Now Abandoned Area

2009 Kensington’s top priority – this guy should be a comedian – he’s a real hoot.

I can hardly wait to hear his version of why he walked away from the coal hills area that is contaminated.  Word has it the province now has taken back that area as well as a small portion of KIP land that was considered contaminated.

The only thing KIP has produced over the last 21 years (since 1996) is a large pile of bullshit leading simpletons who are willfully ignorant in supporting this blowhard.

Posted in Area A Director

Our so called Area Director – Daniel Arbour – who knows what he’s doing – can’t rely on his calendar and didn’t answer my email.

So according to Arbour’s calendar, which we know is unreliable because of his hissy fit when I and other landowners relied on it in Dec., he is attending the Union Bay Community Club’s Annual General Meeting tomorrow night at 7 pm. Maybe he’s just attending and not speaking.

When is he going to put out a couple of bucks and rent a room at the hall to speak to the community? How many meetings has he had for “updates on Kensington Island Properties aka Union Bay Estates” and yet not a word to let us know what is going on?

What is the plan for the “…cesspool of contaminants that continued to leech (sic) into Baynes Sound” according to KIP/Union Bay Estates VP, Brian McMahon?

Here’s the main page on his webpage – geezuz it’s a picture from the market! Look how many people can fit in to that confined space. This is the best he can do? This is the picture he chose to show him engaged with the community? https://danielarbour.ca

Here’s a screenshot of his calendar:

Here’s the email he couldn’t be bothered to answer.

Received a card in my mail “CVRD Electoral Areas Community Update #2”. Followed the instructions to get updates in Area A – wow 2 pages and most of it pictures. I don’t know about you, but I am thoroughly informed! And this massive information is going out a whopping twice a year. How does he keep up this busy schedule?

Note the wastewater management? Emphasis added by me. The Electoral Area Services Committee will be presented with possible options in the coming weeks. What are they going to saddle us with? What is sleazy (in my opinion) KIP planning?

Landowners will pay dearly – remember last time they wanted less than 1000 homes to pay $60 Million dolllars? They also wanted to start billing us right away even though there was no guarantee the project would even go ahead. KIP offered nothing when the study was going on.

Add the promise of of a sewage system by this sleazy developer (in my opinion) to the endless empty promises over the last 15 years.

So we will pay dearly for the sewage and then have the added bonus of dumping it into Washer/Hart Creek. Doesn’t that sound great considering when the CVRD wanted us to pay $60 Million – it was not going to be dumped into Baynes Sound or Washer/Hart Creek.

Community Conversation Thank you to everyone who attended one of our Let’s Hear From You Events” – all eight of you – what a turnout. How did he manage to answer all those questions? Arbour shows up about as much as McMahon!

Posted in Dictatorship, Hillbilly, Imitation board, Kensington Coastal Pointe, Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., The Union Bay Community, UBID, Union Bay Estates

UBID can’t/won’t provide answers but they can do public relations for KIP aka Union Bay Estates?

Some background: https://allthingsunionbay.com/2018/02/27/kensington-island-properties-aka-34083-yukon-inc-and-the-union-bay-coal-hill-saga-when-will-mcmahon-show-up-with-another-poor-me-line/

https://allthingsunionbay.com/2017/11/13/an-update-on-kensington-island-properties-and-the-coal-hill-transfer-vp-claims-the-province-said-now-we-have-to-move-now/

It’s bad enough that we have to endure the endless bullshit by this developer, now UBID has stepped in to do public relations on KIP’s behalf. Maybe McMahon just submitted it to UBID and they posted it on his behalf – nothing would surprise me where these characters are involved!

My guess is they’re doing damage control over the contaminated soil being excavated and spinning it that the developer is committed to providing a clean and healthy environment. Ya, KIP is doing a great job with covering the contaminated soil with those plastic condoms.

Can’t build even one house without a sewage system. Can’t build his cafe/deli or subdivide without “a release letter from the Director under the Environmental Management Act”. KIP has cleared land before at Argyle claiming that would be phase 1. I’ll believe it when he is allowed to subdivide – that’s the point when the MDA comes into effect – until then, it’s just more bullshit.

If it was a ‘cesspool of contaminants’ in 2009 with no remediation and ‘pollutants going out hundreds of feet’ – how do you spin that to something positive when this developer stated ‘they budgeted for it’ (the remediation) and then dumped their 27 acres of contamination back on the province (us)?

What prompted this? Why does the Admin have time to do pr for KIP and yet can’t/won’t answer any questions related to the unlawful acts 4 of the trustees and admin took part in? The media have given the board/chair many opportunities to provide answers and have simply refused.

Posted in Kensington Coastal Pointe, Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., Kensington Union Bay Properties Ltd., The Union Bay Community, Union Bay Estates, Union Bay Resorts

Union Bay Estates ‘remediating’ contaminated soil.

This is a follow up to this post: https://allthingsunionbay.com/2019/03/30/union-bay-estates-contamination-not-confined-to-the-coal-hills-plus-cesspool-of-contaminants-now-included-in-100-acre-park/

Contaminated soil being dug at a large Union Bay development won’t be leaving the area.

According to the ministry, the environmental consultant being used by Union Bay Estates at the project is preparing a plan that includes onsite containment of the excavated soils. That plan will be reviewed by the ministry as part of a remedial plan approval process.

Look at the remedial process – just move it around!

Look at all the ‘black’ soil being excavated for the deli/cafe – lots of contaminated soil in the land KIP values the most. Imagine the prices people are going to pay to live/play on contaminated soil!