State To Investigate Norfolk Gas Leak

State To Investigate Norfolk Gas Leak

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Neighbors say a site on County 49 just south of County Route 38 in the town of Norfolk has reeked of natural gas for weeks. 

On Monday, 7 News sent a photo to state regulators, who said they would investigate. On Tuesday, we found an Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas construction crew there.

Neighbors say St. Lawrence Gas put up signs up more than a month ago, but it never told them why or what the danger might be.

“Are we going to blow up? I mean, I'm just really concerned about, yeah, what is going on and why isn't it being fixed,” said Michele Krotje, O'Brien Road resident.

St. Lawrence Gas says it won't blow up. It confirms there is a leak there in the pipeline. It may be months before a repair can be made. What people see is a temporary measure to vent the gas until that can be done.

“We've been able to isolate it and proactively monitor it. So now we have a stable situation,” said Gilles Volpe, general manager at St. Lawrence Gas.

But neighbors had no way of knowing that. The signs are ominous. They've received no direct communications from St. Lawrence Gas about it.

“We have the signs up and the barriers. As far as notifying the people that live there, we do plan on doing that,” said Volpe.

Early Tuesday afternoon, the danger signs were gone. Volpe said they'll be put back. 

A single metal pipe that was venting gas Monday has now been replaced. Volpe said three barrels and pipes will control the release of gas and remove the smell.

State regulators now say they will be sending investigators to the site. The purpose is to ensure public safety.

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