By Sabina Mollot
Con Ed announced on Wednesday that there will be a public information session on June 7 from 6-8 p.m. in Stuyvesant Town on the ongoing Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) remediation project. NYSDEC and Con Edison will be available in the Election Room located at 451 East 14th Street to answer questions from the community.
As Town & Village has previously reported, as part of the MGP cleanup in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, a total of 16 “passive recovery wells” will be installed in specific locations around the property. The goal is to look for any remaining underground contaminants stemming from the days when the property was home to the gas works and storage tanks from Con Ed’s predecessor companies.
According to Con Ed, the work is expected to begin work the week of June 11, and drilling is expected to begin the week of June 18 and will probably last four weeks. Work days will be from 9-5 p.m. Ten wells will be placed near East 20th Street and Avenue C and East 17th Street and Avenue C and six will be located near East 14th Street and Avenue C.
In an email, the company warned that there will be fenced off work areas surrounding wells and there may be periodic noise from two drills and possibly odors.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this work may cause,” the email read.
Stuyvesant Town General Manager Rick Hayduk added that the work will not affect anyone’s plumbing, power or sewage. Asked about the potential noise and smell levels, Hayduk said he was told any noise would be like a humming as the ground is opened and the odors are expected to be minimal. The wells, he said, would be minimally intrusive to residents in how they are placed though there will be a large rig on the property as work is ongoing. Each well is expected to be completed in 48 hours.
“It’s not a new process,” Hayduk said. “They’ve done this next to public schools. They’ve done this next to co-op buildings.”
Con Ed spokesperson Philip O’Brien told Town & Village that the utility will be “in compliance with New York City’s codes about noise,” adding that it was also working closely with Stuy Town management. As for potential smells and noise, O’Brien said at the work sites, there would be a community air monitoring plan (CAMP). “It’s an approved New York State device that takes readings of odors so if anything is above compliance standards, people will see it and direct it,” O’Brien said.