Leaky situations happen in Crofton

Natural gas line rupture followed by a water main break

Crofton Fire Department members were on the scene of a water main break before North Cowichan municipal workers arrived to repair it. (Facebook photo by Eve Whitehead)

Crofton Fire Department members were on the scene of a water main break before North Cowichan municipal workers arrived to repair it. (Facebook photo by Eve Whitehead)

Crofton sprung a leak twice in the same week.

On Thursday, Aug. 26, third party damage was caused to a FortisBC natural gas line near the Shell service station in Crofton.

Jas Baweja, a corporate communications specialist for FortisBC, indicated the company was notified of the damage at around 6:25 p.m. and had personnel on the scene within the hour. The natural gas was brought under control at about 8:25 p.m., according to Baweja.

“There were no evacuations or active customers impacted,” Baweja added.

“Public and employee safety is our top priority. We would like to remind everyone that if you smell rotten eggs or hear the sound of escaping gas, stop what you’re doing, go outside and dial 911 or call FortisBC’s 24-hour emergency line. More information on natural gas safety is available at fortisbc.com.”

Baweja reminds the public the majority of damages to the natural gas system are preventable.

“Always contact BC 1 Call before digging to obtain information on the location of buried natural gas lines and other utilities. Approximately 90 per cent of damages to our natural gas lines can be prevented by following safe excavation practices.”

A few days later, there was a water main break in downtown Crofton at the corner of Joan Avenue and Queen Street.

Crofton Fire Department members secured the scene until North Cowichan municipal work crews arrived to repair the damage. A considerable amount of water poured out at the intersection.

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A Fortis BC natural gas line was ruptured near the Crofton Shell gas station. (Photo by Don Bodger)

A Fortis BC natural gas line was ruptured near the Crofton Shell gas station. (Photo by Don Bodger)