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Notice of Gas Leak -- Updates

Updated October 12, 8:55 pm

The evacuation order has been lifted and residents who were asked to leave their home or business are now safe to return. 

Residents returning home are advised that the smell of mercaptan (rotten cabbage smell) will linger for the evening as it was used as an odourant added to the gas for detection. Mercaptan is natural substance that poses no risk to public health or safety.

Roads will remain closed until further notice to allow for equipment to be cleared from the area. 

Business owners should check their premises to ensure nothing has been left on, and the space is secured (locked) before closing for the night.

We thank the public for their patience and understanding this evening as crews responded in the safest manner possible.

 

 

Updated October 12, 7:15 pm

 The site of the leak has been excavated and Enbridge Gas is now working on repairs. Fire and Police remain on scene and roads in the area are still closed.

 Once repairs to the leak are complete, firefighters will conduct a clean sweep of the area to ensure zero natural gas readings before power is restored. 

 We will notify evacuated residents and businesses as soon as it is safe to return to the area.

 

Updated October 12, 6:30 pm

Saint John Fire, Police and Enbridge Gas are responding to a 2 inch underground natural gas leak in the Prince William / Princess Street area uptown.

Residents within a one block radius have been evacuated, and roads surrounding the leak have been closed. We ask people to stay clear of the area until further notice. 

Power has been shut off within the one block radius, which includes residences, bars, businesses and restaurants. These and potential other power outages can be expected uptown.

 
Updates will be provided as information is available.