host picture

Bookmark and Share

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.

Download Flash Player to view this content.

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.