CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has accepted a Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP) application submitted by Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. to address environmental conditions at the Jane Lew Field Camp in Lewis County.
The site is located at 1628 Jackson Mill Road in Jane Lew and includes approximately 7.175 acres. The site was operated by Halliburton as field camp for oil field services from approximately 1968 to September 2013. On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Enforcement (EE) unit of the WVDEP conducted a pre-closure inspection of the site. The pre-closure inspection report identified the following areas of concern (AOC): Former acid tanks and secondary containment for those tanks, the bulk cement storage shed, facilities used for oil and grit storage, and areas used for truck parking. The Phase I Environmental Site Assessment also identified the following areas which may be contaminant sources: a previous underground storage tank (UST) release incident at the site, a hydrogen chloride storage area, an oil-water separator, a solid waste storage site, and adjacent properties that were used for office space. Future site use is expected to be industrial in nature.
OER has negotiated a Voluntary Remediation Agreement (VRA) with the applicant. Under the VRA, the applicant will work with the WVDEP to identify human health and ecological risks associated with current and potential future uses of the site; establish applicable remediation standards; and ensure that standards are maintained at the site. Upon completion of the remediation, a final report will be submitted to OER for review and approval.
West Virginia’s Voluntary Remediation and Redevelopment Act encourages voluntary cleanups of contaminated sites, as well as redevelopment of abandoned and under-utilized properties, with an objective of counteracting the lack of development on sites with contamination or perceived contamination. By providing financial incentives to invest in brownfields, this approach protects communities and the environment while still promoting economic development in West Virginia.