Buy-up aids Oyster Bay servo clean-up

Buy-up aids Oyster Bay servo clean-up

SHELL Australia has bought five properties near its Oyster Bay service station on the corner of Georges River Road and Carvers Road to help with the clean-up of contamination from several tanks.

Shell has been working with Sutherland Shire Council and the Environment Protection Authority since 2007 to treat petrol contamination in the ground water from the service station.

The site was declared a significantly contaminated site under the Contaminated Lands Management Act.

Work so far has included identification and removal of the source of contamination and a complete environmental and health risk assessment.

Shell decided to buy five nearby properties so that it might gain better access to the service station site for remediation work.

"When the company identified an issue at Oyster Bay it removed several tanks and started a clean-up of the site," Shell Australia spokesman Paul Zennaro said.

"Shell has regularly communicated with residents and is committed to cleaning up the area as quickly and effectively as possible."

The council and the EPA have instructed Shell to regularly inform residents affected by the contamination of the progress of the remediation process.

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