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To the editor,

Does The Coast have someone with real-life business experience who could put a stop to certain On Patrol articles (July 5) written by people who don't bother doing any research before sending it to press? If you bothered to research "brownfields," the industry term for contaminated sites, then you'd find out that the soil clean-up of a former gas station can be a long one. First they have to dig up the tanks and in-ground car hoists to look for contamination. Then, they remove the soil that is contaminated and replace it with clean fill. There is often some minor pollution left over that will clear up with time as nature and people help it along. Until the site is pristine again it is unable to be sold and no insurer would take on a site that wasn't 100 percent remediated. So Imperial Oil has to hold on to the site until it is clean and then they might still hold on to it as it's a prime piece of land.

By ex-Haligonian

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