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Gas leak stops construction on Pine Street (3 photos)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014   by: Kenneth Armstrong

A gas leak briefly halted constuction work in front of 176 Pine Street Tuesday afternoon.

The leak was created when a 1/2 inch gas line was severed by heavy equipment while digging a new sewer line, according to a firefighter on the scene.

A noticible odour of natural gas was apparent in the immediate area while Union Gas crews worked to close the leak.

(PHOTO: Union Gas and firefighting crews attend the scene of a severed underground gas line May 20, 2014 on Pine Street. Armstrong)

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Stevie-E 5/20/2014 4:46:40 PM Report

That's when you get when you always award the lowest bidder...comes to bite you in the ass and cost the taxpayers more money!

City procurement staff should be fired and new policies need to be drafted, in that particular order.

Alison SlapNuTShot 5/20/2014 4:59:32 PM Report

who didnt get the locate done
Punkz 5/20/2014 5:11:25 PM Report

Someone is in trouble.
CB4 5/20/2014 5:38:28 PM Report

When are they fixing the roads ?
Paddlenut 5/20/2014 5:51:30 PM Report

Do you know who always demands the lowest bidder? You.
Boomer4771 5/20/2014 5:55:37 PM Report

book-end 5/20/2014 7:00:24 PM Report

Been there and Done that.... and a locate was done ! Trouble is........ the contractor the Gas company uses to do locates............ would not locate the line from the house to the garage ( which they knew was there ) because it was a " private line "...... although it was less than 3 feet from the main .
macgyvr 5/20/2014 7:05:17 PM Report

Ya when are the rest of the potholes going to be filled in? Some of the signs that warn of pot hole are either RUSTING out or GROWING roots. WHEN WHEN WHEN?
macgyvr 5/20/2014 7:11:54 PM Report

Do the photos remind you of one man in the hole and the other seven looking in? ha ha ha couldn't resist
macgyvr 5/20/2014 7:15:31 PM Report

Hey that's across the treet from me!
risky 5/20/2014 7:15:48 PM Report

Ya chalk 1 up for the city, wait make it 2. They knew they were going to be there at 7am, they had all weekend to for warn they were closing the road. Yaaa!!! Another fine job by our city workers, keep up the good work.
old-cat33 5/20/2014 7:46:52 PM Report

book-end: I hear ya! Seen that done more than once. First you get a locate,then you expose the pipe. That line must have been put in with a torpedo cause it looks close to the road surface? I think buried electrical is suppose to be 18 inches? But gas??
macgyvr 5/20/2014 9:36:11 PM Report

Isn't Pine St. busy that time of day with Queen St. reconstruction going on? Picked a fine time to dig up the street if so. Very good planing YES NO?
BBBA 5/20/2014 10:15:30 PM Report

And here they complained about Boyer Construction in 2013.. Wow ever..
opinionated 5/20/2014 11:26:06 PM Report

FYI the contractor gets the bill from Union Gas for this (and its not a small bill!), so all the "lowest bidder" and taxpayer complaining is BS. Contractor goofed, they pay. It happens. Just a good thing no one was hurt.
burnell 5/21/2014 7:15:51 AM Report

give it to the lowest bidder.this way they can give themselves a big raise at years end no thought for human life no money for road maintenace
Stevie-E 5/21/2014 8:31:05 AM Report


You know what happens when the contractor "goofs" ... the rest of the public suffers from unnecessary delays and increases in average construction costs on future projects.

Do you not think that after the mess-ups from last year (same issue - gas line that knocked out over 500 homes), that Boyer would not bump the prices up when sending in his proposal to make up for the losses. On a multi-million dollar job, it's very easy to hide if you raise wages and equipment rental rate 5-10%.

It's apparent many don't now how the game works.
fellowhuman 5/21/2014 10:24:35 AM Report

If there was any knowledge of that line being in that area then the supervisor should have had his men "hand dig" to locate the pipe then chase it to the house. Unreal, if this was anywhere else somebody would have gotten canned.
Stevie-E 5/21/2014 11:51:46 AM Report

fellowhuman 5/21/2014 10:24:35 AM

You absolutely right! The same problem happened last year. They knew of the problem but were too lazy to jump in the hole and dig by hand.

Shortcuts don't work!
Slim Shady 5/21/2014 12:44:04 PM Report


That is really a stupid and uneducated statement. Unless you have experience excavating municipal services or heavy construction, you have no idea what you are talking about. Locates are often inaccurate or there are service lines that weren't on the original drawings etc. Low-Bidder doesn't always mean incompetent.

As well, not all civil servants are useless or overpaid either. It is my experience when people paint a group of people with the same bad brush; they have an axe to grind or a self fulfilling agenda. Everybody thinks they can do the job so much better from their Monday Quarterback Chair.

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