Irving Oil defends safety record following propane leak

Jim Day
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City firefighters respond to a leak at the Irving propane outlet on Allen Street Sunday.

Irving Oil is conducting a “thorough’’ investigation into a major propane leak Sunday near a densely populated area of Charlottetown.

“We need to understand the root cause,’’ said company spokesperson Carolyn Van der Veen.

“Until that investigation is complete, we would not make any assumptions.’’

Local officials have already cited a faulty hose as the cause for thousands of litres of propane to escape.

Nearby residents were evacuated from the area where an estimated 30,000 litres of the highly explosive gas was leaking.

Van der Veen says the results of an internal investigation will determine the company’s “steps forward’’.

She stressed Irving Oil always places a premium of safety, noting the company has been operating safely at the Allen Street location for more than 40 years.

Van der Veen says she is aware of Charlottetown Coun. Mitch Tweel’s longtime call to have the large propane tanks moved away from the heavily populated area.

She notes the area was “fairly isolated’’ when Irving Oil opened the propane outlet at the site.

“In the past for decades we’ve operated a safe facility,’’ said Van der Veen.



Organizations: Irving Oil

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Allen Street

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  • Mandy
    September 25, 2012 - 09:42

    To those of you who think Irving should move. It has been in that location for 40 years! Why did you move into that area if you are concerned about what could possibly happen. Van der Veen states right in the article when the tanks were put in the area was "isolated" aka very little development. Who allowed the building of houses/businesses so close over the years?

  • C
    September 24, 2012 - 20:51

    I'm sure the facility is safe, but there is always the "what if". Like, what if there was an explosion? How many people could be injured? And how big of a blast radisu would there be? Accidents do happen as this incident does prove. Its always better to be safe then sorry. The facility has served its purpose for the past 4 decades and now its time for it to move.

  • Ann
    September 24, 2012 - 15:29

    As a resident who lives in the area it would be wonderful if Irving found another location for the Propane. If Irving Oil always places a premium on safety, this shouldn't be a problem.

  • mike
    September 24, 2012 - 14:39

    Irving always wants our money maybe now we should charge them for the time that these people were at risk.

  • Resident
    September 24, 2012 - 14:34

    I live near that friggin' Propane station and I can tell you it should not be within City limits and so near houses/businesses/major roads. It should be made to move outside of town. Why it always takes an accident like this (big or small) to draw attention to safety is proof that big business always controls political policy/decision making. If that things goes KaBoom, everyone will wonder what the frack it was doing so close to a residential area. People need to remember, that Oil/Gas companies, when looking at an accident, have a larger picture in their minds. Considering what COULD POSSIBLY happen with stations like this (with mines, with pipelines and with rigs) what does usually happen, is acceptable. Let's hope the next 'acceptable' accident doesn't kill anyone.