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EPA wants to drill another well in Dublin

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

They’re ba–ack …

Only months after refusing to take financial responsibility for their contractor drilling through the town of Dublin’s main sewer line, the Environmental Protection Agency wants to install another water monitoring well on town property.

Town Manager Bill Parker said he has received a request to allow the EPA to drill another well to determine whether chemicals used at Electroplate-Rite are getting into the groundwater. This time, the agency wants to drill a well behind a building in Dublin Cemetery.

Although the town got stuck with paying nearly $23,000 to repair the sewer line the EPA’s contractor drilled through in November 2012, Parker said Mayor Benny Skeens and Dublin Town Council “took the high road” and decided to allow the well to be drilled “in the interest of public safety.”

However, this time around, Parker said, the drilling will have to take place “with the explicit directions” that the agency’s contractor “allow the town to direct where” the drilling takes place. Also, he said, “damage will be totally assumed by the EPA.”

Parker said no timeframe for the drilling has been discussed, but he’s hoping it will be delayed until the ground has had time to dry out so that the cemetery grounds aren’t torn up.

In November 2012, a contractor hired by the EPA on behalf of DEQ not only drilled through the main sewer line running along Route 11, but it also pumped the line full of concrete.

Dublin had to hire H.T. Bowling to replace 45 feet of sewer line at a cost of $22,675. EPA said it was not responsible for the damage and refused to pay any of the repair costs.

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3 Responses to EPA wants to drill another well in Dublin

  1. an outsider looking in

    January 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Refuse and make them go to court. We need to stop the EPA from doing whatever and whenever they want.
    i think if it were taken to court, sue the contractor and EPA then a court would decide in Dublin’s favor.

  2. A Local

    January 23, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    It’s a shame that the EPA refuses to pay for the damages that they caused, but perhaps everyone in our area should watch a documentary entitled “Last Call at the Oasis” its about water quality issues. I’m actually heartened that the EPA is concerned for a change about the possibility of chemicals polluting the ground water, and despite the fact that they are drastically under funded that they are going to make sure that the water is safe to drink. Water is important and we can’t afford to pollute it. Wouldn’t you want to know if you were drinking poison? I know the EPA has major issues especially with their conflict of interest regarding crossing the line in their dealings with certain non-profit agencies whose interests are Agenda 21 and stopping much needed project such as the Keystone Pipeline. However, if they actually want to do something beneficial, something that they are supposed, something that tax payers provide funding for them to do then by all means let them.

  3. Lola

    January 24, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Why was the contractor not required to pay for the damage?

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