This is an aerial view of the Excelsior Refineries from the 1940s, one of many industries on 80 acres of potential retail and commercial land that Husky owns and is remediating to remove contaminants. To date the company has received a remediation certificate for 30 acres from Alberta Environment with work resuming next year. The site is located roughly north of 44 St., east of 75 Ave. and west of 66 Ave. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LLOYDMINSTER REGIONAL ARCHIVES
Husky Energy is slowly, but surely remediating the nearly 80 acres of land it owns at the site of the former Canadian Kodiak Refineries Ltd. in Lloydminster.
The company has received a remediation certificate from Alberta Environment for approximately 30 acres on the western side of the site.
“We continue to work towards finalizing the remediation of the eastern portion of the site, and have additional work planned to start next year,” said Husky spokesperson Kim Guttormson, who didn’t say how much of the remaining 50 acres is left to clean.
“Once that work is completed, we expect to apply to the Alberta government for a remediation certificate for that land.”
Remediation certificates officially recognize projects that have achieved the department’s environmental protection standards.
“At this stage, most of the site has met a combination of Tier 1 and Tier 2 criteria,” said Guttormson, referring to soil and groundwater remediation.
Husky began the cleanup in 2003 on its lands east of 75 Avenue, west of 66 Avenue and north of 44th Street; at legal subdivision location SW-2-50-1 W4.
The original completion date of 2008 has been continually pushed forward by unforeseen findings and stricter remediation guidelines, such as new Tier 1 and 2 soil and groundwater guidelines in 2007.
“In general, site remediation is a staged process that can take years to complete,” said Guttormson.
“Husky is committed to restoring the property and continues to work with both the province and the City of Lloydminster.”
Remediation involves the removal of contaminants, and is generally conducted on sites impacted by historical operations.
The Lloydminster Meridian Booster reported in Oct. 2009 that nearly 13,000 tonnes of metals had been recycled from the site along with 38,000 tonnes of concrete, more than 17,000 tonnes of rock, and about 13,000 litres of oil and almost 128,000 tonnes of soil.
Site contamination occurred on Kodiak land and refinery assets that Husky purchased in the early 60s, dating back to the mid 1930s when Shaw Refineries began refining crude on site.
Excelsior Refineries took over that operation until 1955 when Kodiak purchased it.
Husky also operated a tank farm for crude storage facility on the Kodiak property from the mid 60s to 2006.
Around 2005, Husky purchased the Elsro Asphalt products plant on the Kodiak site.
Husky’s initial remediation plan for the site was “to convert the site of our former Kodiak refinery in Lloydminster, Alberta, into a retail and commercial development,” according to their Sustainable Report in 2008.
Today, Husky said any potential development on the land won’t be determined until the restoration is complete.
“At this time, we are focused on completing the site remediation and any future development would include consultation with the city,” said Guttormson.