Fortis BC representatives converse with Chemainus Fire Department members upon arrival at the site of a Thursday gas leak. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Natural gas leak in Chemainus Industrial Park Thursday

FortisBC reminds residents to call before you dig after incident at Island Pacific Equipment

One person received treatment as a precautionary measure from BC Ambulance Services personnel at the scene of a gas leak Thursday in the Chemainus Industrial Park.

There were no other injuries in the incident at Island Pacific Equipment Limited. Two Chemainus Fire Department trucks and one ambulance initially responded to the call of a ruptured gas line.

“FortisBC was notified of third-party damage to a natural gas line in Chemainus at around 11:45 a.m., and our crews arrived on site at around 12:15 p.m.,” noted Jas Baweja, Corporate Communications Specialist for FortisBC.

“Our crews brought natural gas under control at around 12:35 p.m., and finished repairing the third-party damage at around 1:45 p.m.”

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

“This incident is an important reminder to always contact BC 1 Call before digging to obtain information on the location of buried natural gas lines and other utilities. The majority of damages to our system are preventable – approximately 90 per cent of damages to our natural gas lines can be prevented by following safe excavation practices.”

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BC Ambulance Services personnel prepare to leave the scene of a Thursday gas leak after treating one person. (Photo by Don Bodger)

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