Emergency responders work quickly to respond to natural gas leaks

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 – for immediate release

Emergency responders work quickly to respond to natural gas leaks

Residents safely return to their homes

The Oakville Fire department and Halton Police worked quickly with Union Gas officials to resolve natural gas leaks that caused the temporary evacuation of residents from 14 streets in the area of Third Line between Dundas Street and Upper Middle Road. The gas leaks were the result of activated relief valves which are safety mechanisms designed to vent excess pressure in the system.

“Public safety is always our primary concern,” Oakville Mayor Rob Burton said “Thank you to the Oakville Fire department, Halton Police and Union Gas officials for acting quickly and decisively in managing the gas leaks.”

Although the gas leaks posed no safety risk, some residents were temporarily evacuated for precautionary reasons. The Town of Oakville would like to thank residents for their cooperation during Tuesday’s emergency evacuation.

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For more information contact

Andy Glynn
Deputy Fire Chief
Town of Oakville
905-338-4251
aglynn@oakville.ca

Jane Courtemanche
Director, Strategy, Policy and Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3038
jcourtemanche@oakville.ca


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