Electricity to be restored to properties

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Let there be light.

Work to restore power to buildings in downtown Wheatley that have been disconnected since last summer’s gas explosion in Wheatley is underway.

Currently, officials await the installation of a conductor pipe before continuing remediation. In the meantime, workers are restoring electricity to various buildings around the reduced evacuation zone.

According to officials from Entegrus, they estimate the service will be restored to the four properties on Talbot Street East within two to three weeks.

Officials noted the evacuation zone around the site of the August 26 explosion has been reduced three times since April. This has allowed more home and business owners to return to their properties.

In the meantime, remediation within the evacuation zone remains paused following a gas release on July 6.

“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,” said Jim Blake, Communications Officer for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent in a release.

Work crews were in the process of installing a large conductor pipe over a well when the gas was detected.

Investigative work has taken place since the gas release, and there has been no gas emission since that time.

An additional pipe is currently being installed in the municipal parking lot, which will vent any potential future gas release away from workers once remediation continues.

A thorough review of the gas monitoring system and health and safety plans was conducted. Officials added that at no time was there a risk to the community beyond the evacuation zone.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News

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