National Grid Likely to Finish in May

Posted on 05 March 2009


Anyone taking a stroll down Long Island Avenue might think the circus is in town if they catch a glimpse of the giant white tent surrounded by green fencing. The tent, however, was put up by National Grid/Keyspan as part of their ongoing remediation of the site where the gas ball once stood.

 According to Sag Harbor Village Trustee Ed Deyermond, the tent creates a climate controlled environment used to house two machines that dig up soil. The vapors from this process are then sucked into a filter, which purifies the air. These filtering machines are located in the parking lot across the street from the back entrance of Schiavoni’s IGA.

 In terms of contaminants, Deyermond said everything seems to be running smoothly.

 “All indicators are fine. The [containment] levels are below the tolerances,” he said.

 Although levels of contaminants are on target, the amount of water pumped daily from the site is lower than National Grid projected. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation permitted National Grid to pump 1.5 million gallons of water a day. However, only 300,000 to 350,000 gallons are currently being pumped.

 “They designed the plant to be a Cadillac, but they are driving a Ford,” Deyermond said of the discrepancies.

 Due to this shortfall, National Grid employees will continue to work on Saturdays. National Grid has overcome some other problems recently. Due to the snowstorm, a section of the tent was ripped and left a hole, but Deyermond said National Grid is in the midst of repairing the problem.

 “The company has been extremely conscientious,” added Deyermond. Last week, National Grid employees cleaned a grease spill, created by a garbage truck, near one of the stores at the end of Meadow Street.

 According to Deyermond, National Grid plans to have the project completed some time in the month of May.

 “The sooner we get it done, the better it is going to be for everyone,” said Deyermond. However, National Grid is still remaining mum on their plans for the site after the project is completed.

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