04/26/2017 19:19 EDT | Updated 04/28/2017 08:03 EDT

Creosote testing project gets long-term commitment and funding from province

CALGARY — The Alberta government is undertaking a five-year, $1.3 million project to continue assessing creosote levels in Calgary’s West Hillhurst community.

The goal of the project is to assess the extent of contamination in the neighbourhood and examine levels throughout the year to determine any seasonal variances.

For more than 40 years, until the mid-1960s, the Canada Creosote Plant operated on the south side of the Bow River in Calgary.

In the early 1990s, environmental monitoring determined that contamination had migrated under the Bow River into the community of West Hillhurst.

A containment wall was put in place between 1995 and 1996 to prevent further migration of creosote into the Bow River.

The most recent monitoring, between 2010 and 2014, did not identify risks to human or aquatic and environmental health.

However, the province is funding this long-term project to better understand the scope and nature of the creosote in the community and along the Bow River.

The first phase of the project will involve taking samples from the various sample sites and testing them.

The results of the report will be available in mid-2018.

(CTV Calgary)