New Plymouth site tested for contamination

  • 08/07/2015

A potentially contaminated site in New Plymouth is going to be investigated.

Environment Minister Nick Smith says petroleum production wells were drilled on the site at the corner of Bayly Road and Ocean View Parade between 1931 and 1945.

"This historic petroleum exploration may have caused the land to become contaminated with hydrocarbons and metals," he said today.

The site was returned to local hapu Ngati Te Whiti in 2002, and it's currently used as recreation space.

Ngati Te Whiti is developing it to establish a new marae.

Dr Smith says the government will spend $160,000 on a detailed site investigation, including a geophysical survey to locate abandoned wells and drilling waste.

The money will come from the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund which helps regional councils deal with contamination.

So far, $42.5 million has been invested in clean-up operations around the country.