Natural gas leak at Autotec tank removal

A crew pulling underground gas tanks from the Autotec gas station accidentally cut a natural gas line.

Troublesome tanks getting pulled out of ground

Scene of a natural gas leak (CBC)

Workers are heading back to the scene of a natural gas leak today to finish removing underground tanks from a decommissioned service station.

The old Autotec station is at the corner of Idylwyld Drive and 20th Street West. It's been out of business for more than five years.

The tanks are getting pulled out of the ground because, under provincial law, a site must be decommissioned after it stops selling fuel.

The work was going according to plan Thursday until a backhoe operator hit a natural gas line. This prompted the fire department to evacuate two neighouring businesses and block off the 20th Street and Idylwyld Drive intersection.

There were no injuries and the street was re-opened by late afternoon.

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