BP work stops as groundwater spills

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter

Work came to a watery halt on Tuesday last week when liquid being pumped out of the Ridley Place BP construction site spilled onto a neighbouring residential property and a council reserve, just metres from the Leschenault Estuary.

Harvey Shire Council staff issued a stop work order to Perkins Builders, the company upgrading the Australind site, after residents raised environmental concerns.

Shire president Tania Jackson said a breach in the de-watering process caused water to leak into a neighbouring residential property and onto the Christina Street Reserve.

She said the orders were issued before the liquid could flow into the estuary.

“There were concerns it would flow into the estuary, which is why we acted to issue the stop-work order,” Cr Jackson said.

“The pathway just put in stopped the water entering the estuary.”

She said Perkins would now be working closely with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to create a management plan in order for work to continue.

A BP spokeswoman said a standard de-watering process had been under way to extract groundwater from the site ahead of the excavation works.

“BP is working closely with authorities to ensure all safety and environmental regulations are satisfied prior to works continuing on-site,” the spokeswoman said.

“We can confirm the excess groundwater is safe and poses no environmental risk to the neighbouring properties.”

Earlier this month a company spokeswoman said the project was on track for the September opening, yet no time frame had been given for how long it could take for the management plans to be put in place.

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