2010-03-19 / Top Stories

MGP Site Hit Hard By Storm

By Nicholas Briano

The excavation at the former manufactured gas plant site in Rockaway Park was hit hard by last week’s storm causing extensive damage to the remediation tent, security fencing and surrounding electrical poles.

A power pole crashed onto the site’s fencing around the southern part of the site and the tent’s fabric was ripped from the frame, which stayed in tact throughout the storm.

Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska says that National Grid and LIPA are working together to repair the power poles that fell outside the site, which is located along Beach Channel Drive between Rockaway Freeway and Beach 108 Street. Excavation should resume by next week when the PVC fabric sheeting is replaced on the tent, which houses the excavation activities.

The tent, Gaska says, had been moved just days before the storm and the excavation underneath the tent’s current site had not yet begun before the winds in excess of 75 mph hit Rockaway last Saturday night.

According to the public information website set up by National Grid, rockawayparkmgpsite. com, excavation activities at the Rockaway Park MGP are suspended until the tent and security fences can be repaired. The website says that no contaminated materials were released to the air as excavation work had been completed, backfill was in place and the tent was in the process of being moved.

The $40 million excavation project was scheduled to be completed by the end of July. The remediation tent was being moved to the 14th out of 15 locations at the site needed to complete the project. Anyone with questions can call the project hot-line set up by National Grid at 718-403-3400.

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