More drums unearthed on Wellington Street construction site

Guelph, ON, September 4, 2014 – The City and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) are investigating the discovery of at least six 170-litre (45-gallon) drums filled with an unknown liquid. The City is working closely with the MOECC to ensure the area is safe and there is no threat to public safety.

“As of this morning we understand there may be six or seven drums on the site, and we have discovered further leakage,” said Majde Qaqish, project engineer. “MOECC is working with the City and our contractor to assess the situation and contain the area in advance of the rainfall we’re expecting later today.”

The area east of the Hanlon Expressway and north of Wellington Street is an historic landfill, and the City conducted geotechnical scans before starting excavation. The City is conducting further scans on the site to locate any more drums or other underground objects.

The City will post updates about this project, including plans to clean up the site at


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Kealy Dedman
City Engineer, City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2248