Clean up at the site of the Bayside Drive butane leak is almost complete, and an air quality monitoring plan is now in place


Incident responders have been at the scene of the butane leak on Bayside Drive since Monday. The main priority for the SJEMO during this challenging week has been public safety, the care and return of evacuees, and the safe and efficient clean-up of the site.

The broken pipeline continues to be purged and preparations for the repair are being made.  The majority of the spilled product has been removed.  The remediation of the product is nearing completion.

An air quality monitoring plan has been developed to conduct regular testing at the site of the spill, in the surrounding areas and within local homes and facilities. Testing is being completed by the Saint John Fire Department, Irving Oil Limited, and third-party experts who specialize in air quality monitoring and testing. Additional testing materials have been brought in to complete the process.

Local residents remain evacuated at this time and will begin to return home once consecutive safe air quality tests have been recorded and home safety inspections are completed, as per protocols set by the SJEMO.

Residents on evacuated streets on the City’s east side (River Avenue, First Street East, Second Street East & 66-72 Spruce Avenue) who have not registered their current location and contact information with the Canadian Red Cross are asked to do so today by calling 1-800-222-9597.

The SJEMO requires contact information for all evacuees so that they can be notified directly when it is safe to return home.   

Saint John residents will be advised when the detour in this area is lifted.

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