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TUNNEL TROUBLE: Association demands answers after HS2 drilling incidents in Ruislip

 Published on: 14th June 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

The River Chess Association (RCA) is seeking answers after drilling for HS2 caused disturbing results in Ruislip.

Earlier this year, drilling was taking place under the area as tunnels were created for the HS2 high-speed rail line. In February and March, three incidents occurred at Ruislip Rugby Football Club, as a pool of foam and a puddle formed on the playing fields.

The RCA has publicly criticised the Environmental Agency (EA) for their approach to the situation.

They requested that the EA supply all the volume data from the HS2 tunnelling activity, and that the drilling should be halted.

The EA allegedly replied that they don’t have the volume data relating to the use of water, cement, bentonite and chemicals.

A spokesperson for the RCA said: “So if you don’t have the information, how are you monitoring HS2 tunnelling activity?”

A spokesperson for HS2 Ltd said: “Our long-term environmental monitoring around our construction work has confirmed no effects on the aquifer or on water supplies. We have shared the analysis and monitoring data with the EA and the local water company.

“HS2 takes its responsibilities incredibly seriously and we have a world-leading team of engineers, hydrogeologists and environmental scientists in place to ensure that the tunnelling operation affords the right protections for the environment, and is completed as safely and efficiently as possible.”

A spokesperson for the EA said: “Our stringent permitting system is in place to regulate any work that may put land, air or water at risk.

“Specialist officers from the EA work closely with HS2 Ltd and contractors to ensure all relevant legislation is followed. We have found no evidence of environmental pollution from the project.

“We continue to talk to local people, the water industry and local authorities to ensure the environment is protected throughout the work.”

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