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Halifax gas leaks were preventable, more safety measures necessary

The July 16 gas leaks forced the evacuation of two neighbourhoods.


HALIFAX – Heritage Gas says two separate natural gas leaks on the same day in Halifax last month were preventable had the contractor followed the company’s construction safety practices.

The natural gas company says it has filed a report with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board that says Sackville Trenching Ltd. lost markings during the excavation process that highlighted the location of natural gas lines in Dartmouth and Halifax.

Heritage Gas says Sackville Trenching also didn’t follow planning and excavation procedures in the project in Halifax’s south end.

The company says it will implement additional measures to ensure safety practices are followed, including more inspections of the work and more training of contractors.

The July 16 gas leaks forced the evacuation of two neighbourhoods.

No injuries were reported in either incident.