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December 23, 2013

Gas line strike in Saskatoon

SaskEnergy says a private contractor could be on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in costs after a natural gas line break in Saskatoon.

The Crown utility said a preliminary investigation shows the breach happened as a construction crew, working for the city, was doing repairs to either a water or sewer line.

A 30-centimetre gas line - considered one of the largest in Saskatoon - was broken, forcing the evacuation of eight nearby apartment buildings and a grocery store during bitterly cold weather.

Dave Burdeniuk, a SaskEnergy spokesman, said the gas line had been clearly marked nine days prior to the excavation.

He said SaskEnergy’s own crews had to work for 12 straight hours to ensure no one was without heat in the extreme cold. The costs will be passed along to the contractor, who may also be fined under Saskatchewan’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc., 2013

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