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Residents impacted by Encana gas leak disappointed with settlement agreement

A B.C. Oil and Gas Commission report blamed the gas leak on sand in the flowing gas that eroded the inside of the pipes.
On November 22nd, 2009, a group of about 15 residents in Tomslake detected a sulfur-like smell coming from a nearby natural gas pipeline operated by Encana. Residents reported they hear a sound like a jet taking of, and saw a plume of smoke rolling in. The residents were evacuated from their homes for several hours while the leak was being repaired.

An investigation found that 30,000 cubic metres of natural gas was released into the environment, and that the company had faulty equipment, failed to notify residents of the risk in time, and did not co-ordinate its emergency response with the local RCMP during the incident.

Some residents reported health problems following this incident, a number of which continue even today. Despite these problems, most people directly impacted by the leak were not part of a recent settlement agreement between Encana and the community. Daybreak reporter Marissa Harvey brings us this story.

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