Officials Planning Relief Well to Expedite Remediation at APEC 1 Site

As a result of a gas release on July 6, officials have decided to install a conductor pipe as the first step of a redundant pressure relief well in the municipal parking lot near the APEC 1 site before proceeding with further remediation.

Investigation work has taken place at the site since the release which took place while workers were in the process of excavating in preparation for driving a larger conductor pipe over the existing well.

The purpose of this new work is to provide redundancy in the venting of any potential gas release away from the work taking place. Work is to begin this week.

The two-hour release was measured at 24 parts per billion in the atmosphere, less than one-hundredth of the amount that would represent a safety hazard. Some smell was noticeable at the site.

There has been no gas emission since that time.

A thorough review of the gas monitoring system and health and safety plans was undertaken. At no time was there a risk to the community beyond the evacuation zone.

When work resumes, an odour of gas may be detected. If residents at any time detect the smell of gas, they are asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

For more information contact:

Jim Blake
Communications Officer
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 3624