The battle between the Township of Scugog and Greenbank Airways continues to escalate. In the latest turn of events, Greenbank Airways has decided to sue Scugog for $10 million dollars, citing that Scugog allegedly breached a contract with them, for refusing to grant a new fill permit, to import fill at their site at Hwy. 12 and Hwy. 47. As the months go by, it seems more and more likely that Greenbank Airways is doing everything they can to keep buying themselves more time. It is a little ironic that Greenbank Airways is suing Scugog, considering it was Greenbank Airways that violated the terms of their contract with Scugog, first.
It is the role of local government to ensure environmental standards are met, and that is what Scugog Township has done. Greenbank Airways has been given ample amount of time to clean up the mess on their site. A remediation deal to clean-up the site was approved by Council, but Greenbank Airways never signed off to have the work done.
Speaking to The Standard last year, DL Services, the company tasked with cleaning up the contaminated soil on the site, said that it would be an easy task to complete. To date, no remediation of the contaminated soil has taken place. Greenbank Airways says it will only comply when Scugog allows them to bring in even more soil onto the already contaminated land. The atrocity that is the Greenbank Airways site, is also allegedly bringing down the value of homes in the surrounding area, negatively impacting Scugog, yet again.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t end there. The contaminated soil is on land within the area of the Nonquon Watershed. It is unlikely that the soil will affect the groundwater. However, it has been there for over a year since the Township found out about the contamination.
Let’s all hope that the courts figure out a way to terminate the contract between both parties or, better yet, force Greenbank Airways to follow the remediation deal that is already in place.
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