High Methane Levels Cause Temporary Shut Down of Lakeland Mills Planer
Friday, June 22, 2012 - 1:27 PM
By Christina Doll
Prince George, B.C.
Nearly two months after an explosion at the Lakeland Mills sawmill, the planer and district energy system have been shut-down.
Operations have been temporarily suspended after the discovery of unusually high readings of methane gas in a soil sample.
Sinclar Group President Greg Stewart says the company is not taking any chances as methane can be explosive under certain conditions.
"The well sample that we received was high enough to be of concern. We wanted to take all precautions necessary given the information that we had to ensure we maintain the safety of our work site and that all the employees were safe at all times."
Stewart says all planer employees have been sent home, but some employees are still shutting down the district energy system.
There is no estimate for how long operations will be down as more testing needs to be conducted in the coming weeks.