Provincial officials are taking steps to remove a submerged piledriver from Kalamalka Lake.

Provincial officials are taking steps to remove a submerged piledriver from Kalamalka Lake.

Ministry wants piledriver gone

A piledriver may not be sinking in Kalamalka Lake for much longer

A piledriver may not be sinking in Kalamalka Lake for much longer.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations will assess a piledriver that is submerged on the west side of the lake across from Rattlesnake Point. It’s been there since at least April.

“We’ve been aware of the situation for awhile and we’ve been struggling about what we can do,” said,” said Patrick Tobin, regional manager of compliance and enforcement.

“It’s been bouncing between us and Transportation Canada.”

With jurisdictional matters resolved, the ministry is looking at issuing a trespass notice to the piledriver owner if they can be located.

“Ideally, we’d like the owner to deal with the vessel on their own,” said Tobin.

If that doesn’t occur, the ministry will remove the piledriver and pass the cost on to the owner if they can be located.

It could be about two weeks before the piledriver is pulled out of the lake.

There have been concerns about possible water contamination from oil or gas inside the machine.