Natural gas leak in downtown Amherst

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Gas turned off, service expected to be returned in next couple of hours

AMHERST – A section of downtown Amherst is closed Tuesday afternoon because of a natural gas leak, with Amherst Police and the local fire department blocking traffic and encouraging motorists away from the scene.

A section of downtown Amherst is closed Tuesday afternoon because of a natural gas leak, with Amherst Police and the local fire department blocking traffic and encouraging motorists away from the scene.

Shortly after 3 p.m the fire department responded to the report a natural gas line was broke on Eddy Street.

One witness, who says she was asked to leave her apartment, says the broken line is in front of her home.

“They were working on the road and hit the natural gas line,” Shawna Fisher said. “I can’t even get into my home now.“

Police have blocked traffic from entering the affected area and downtown shoppers were being asked to move their vehicles away from the scene.

Gas flowing from the severed natural gas line was halted by Heritage Gas a little before 4 p.m.

"We are working with the fire department to make sure any of the buildings in the area are secure, with the intent to get people back in the area and resume normal activities in the area," said Chris MacAulay, Heritage Gas operations Manager

MacAulay says the leak was isolated and quickly brought under control.

"Once we’ve confirmed the site is secure, then our personnel will do the repair and get service back to the area."

MacAulay says a smaller gas line was severed and five customers are currently without service.

"We should have the repair done and gas back in the system within the next couple of hours."

Contractors working in the area severed the gas line.

"They were the ones who called us to indicate they may have hit a gas line. All the details will be part of our investigation," said MacAuley.

He says the key to stemming a gas leak is to have a good working relationship with the fire department.

"We rely on them and they rely on us in these situations," said MacAulay. "Overall I think it was a very positive response along with the fire department."

Geographic location: Amherst, Eddy Street

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  • THE CUBAN ASSASSIN
    August 06, 2014 - 09:00

    He lives right at the corner of walk and don't walk!

  • EMS SUPPORTER
    August 06, 2014 - 07:21

    How ppl can think that the safety of our citizens is a class debate speaks volumes. Thank you to the brave Heritage Gas guy, who responded by himself, to contain the situation. Emergency Response Personnel handled the situation with caution and diligence. Thank you to all of them.

  • EMS SUPPORTER
    August 06, 2014 - 07:20

    How ppl can think that the safety of our citizens is a class debate speaks volumes. Thank you to the brave Heritage Gas guy, who responded by himself, to contain the situation. Emergency Response Personnel handled the situation with caution and diligence. Thank you to all of them.

  • angel
    August 05, 2014 - 21:12

    those anyone one in amherst nova scotia know where david taylor lives

  • former utility worker
    August 05, 2014 - 18:54

    For crying out loud DHB, it's a natural gas leak in a contractor dig. This happened a dozen times a day for the 40 years I spent in Toronto. Not to mention countless times in apartments, houses and businesses where people nick their internal lines. Natural gas dissipates, the reason you smell it is due to an additive so you know to air the room out or not ignite anything nearby. The idea that someone on the "street right next to Eddy St." is at risk is nuts. Protocols for evacuation are overly broad, for legal ass covering reasons. This was a minor ancillary line. Be calm. This isn't a class issue.

  • DHB
    August 05, 2014 - 16:31

    Here's something to think about. My family and I live on the street right next to Eddy St. I just found out about this gas leak on facebook but others around the area are being evacuated. Apparently my street doesn't have enough rich people on it for the town to give two cares about. Typical!

    • little dink
      August 05, 2014 - 19:29

      i`ve never thought of eddy st. as being a high-end district,lol, point taken though. some of the folks at the fort cumberland manor were plenty worried. we can only assume that the situation was contained within a relatively small area.