January 3, 2011
The purpose of this letter is to update you about activities under way at the former Texaco Beacon Research Center located in Fishkill, NY.
As you may recall, as part of the ongoing environmental remediation work at the site, Chevron (which acquired Texaco in 2001) was to begin removing buildings last year. Regretfully, that work did not happen because of unexpected contractor issues.
Chevron currently is in the process of re-bidding the work. We expect to select a qualified contractor by the end of the first quarter of 2011 and for the building removal process starting with asbestos abatement in site buildings to begin in the second quarter of 2011. In advance of work startup, we plan to host an informal Open House and Public Information Session to discuss the project and answer questions. A meeting announcement will be distributed once the meeting date and time have been arranged.
This delay will not affect the timing of any possible future development. Chevron is working through the site closure process required by state and federal regulatory agencies. That process is expected to continue for several years beyond the building-removal stage.
We did make progress in 2010 with respect to the broader environmental work plan as well as other activities at the site.
- Five wells were installed to assess the potential for contamination on the property to migrate toward the southwest section of the Beacon facility and confirmed no off-site contamination issues.
- Site-wide sampling of 74 groundwater monitoring wells indicated a general decrease of volatile organic compounds since the last sampling event in 2008.
- Chevron acquired the Potter Brother’s property to create one contiguous property to enhance future development.
As a reminder, Chevron has established a website (www.glenhammills.com) to keep interested parties apprised of our progress and specific developments as they occur. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at (713) 432-2634 or by e-mail.
In closing, let me extend to you best wishes for a happy and safe 2011.
Project Manager, Chevron