FortisBC vehicles are on the scene whenever a natural gas leak occurs. (File photo by Don Bodger)

FortisBC vehicles are on the scene whenever a natural gas leak occurs. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Morning leak to natural gas line in Chemainus repaired

Three customers affected at Cedar Ridge Village

Fortis BC crews were in Chemainus this morning to repair a natural gas line at Cedar Ridge Village on River Road.

Jas Baweja, corporate communications specialist for FortisBC, noted the third-party damage to the line was reported around 9:30 a.m. Fortis BC had personnel on site about 20 minutes later to fix the leak.

“We completed repairs just before 10:30 a.m.,” Baweja reported. “Three total customers were impacted, and we’ve restored their natural gas service now.

“We appreciate the patience of local residents as our crews assessed the situation, stopped the leak and repaired the damage.”

Baweja added public and employee safety is the No. 1 priority for FortisBC.

“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.

“We would also like to remind the public that the majority of damages to our natural gas system are preventable – always contact BC 1 Call before digging to gather information on the location of buried natural gas lines and other utilities. Approximately 90 per cent of damages to our natural gas lines are preventable by following safe excavation practices.”

More information on natural gas safety is available at fortisbc.com.

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