Work Plan for Wheatley

Municipal officials are reviewing a work plan which will establish the next steps on the remediation of an ongoing gas emission situation in downtown Wheatley.

Chatham-Kent CAO Don Shropshire said a plan has been submitted by the firm engaged by the province to lead the project.

“We have a preliminary work plan now under review,” he said. “Once that has taken place, our plan is to hold a virtual public meeting with Wheatley residents and provide information as to next steps.”

Work at APEC (Area of Potential Environmental Concern) 2 to bring the well to the surface is substantially complete. The contractor is awaiting several parts to connect this well to the test separator system. That is expected to be complete early next week

The contractors completed an investigatory excavation at APEC 3 and discovered a brick well structure with a small wooden casing extending from the bottom approximately 12 feet below the surface. Small amounts of methane have been detected emitting from the well structure. Work is currently ongoing to further investigate whether the structure is a water well or a gas well.  A laboratory sample will be obtained for analysis.

This week some members of the on-site team were placed under COVID-19 protocol. This will cause minor delays to homeowner access this weekend while staffing resources are re-arranged.

Shropshire said evacuated residents with questions should contact their caseworkers at Chatham Kent Health and Family Services and businesses should contact Economic Development Services. Individuals with general questions are asked to call 3-1-1.

Shropshire urged the community to watch the video of a Wheatley update presentation to Council at its January 17 meeting.

A video of the presentation can be found at

By clicking on the Non-Agenda Business section, the video will begin at the appropriate time.

Shropshire thanked the more than 750 individuals who have registered for an email subscription list to keep them updated. “We’re grateful that so many people want to know the facts and keep up with the latest news. Whether you’re a resident or not of Wheatley you are welcome to subscribe to these updates.”

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No gas release has taken place since November 21 and given the interval between previous gas leak events, officials are expecting a release soon although topographical changes and cold weather may be having an effect on the site.

For more information contact:

Don Shropshire
Chief Administrative Officer
Municipality of Chatham-Kent

Ryan Brown
Director of Public Works
Municipality of Chatham-Kent