MGP recovery wells will be installed soon in Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village

The gas works and storage tanks of Con Ed’s predecessor company in 1890 (Photo courtesy of Con Ed)

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.

For more information visit conedison.com/mgp or contact the Con Edison MGP Hotline at 1877-602-6633, or e-mail ManhattanRCA@coned.com.

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3 thoughts on “MGP recovery wells will be installed soon in Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village

  1. I’m a little confused. The article says that work will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but says that the work will be done in 48 hours.

    Having recently experienced around the clock work by ConEd, I’m hoping that what they are saying is that it will take six days and not having to undergo 48 hours straight of noise of construction.

    Can we get any clarification?

    • Not all of the work is expected to be complete within 48 hours. Each well is expected to be finished within 48 hours and there are a total of 16 wells. Con Edison has said that work will only be done between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. so if work on an individual well is not completed within the first 9-5 period, it should be finished between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. the following day. The drilling is expected to be complete on all the wells within four weeks from June 18.

      If it does look like they are conducting work outside those hours, certainly feel free to let us know!

  2. Pingback: Con Ed to begin work on gas plant remediation wells | Town & Village

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