SaskEnergy has been forced to shut off natural gas service permanently to nine more properties along Buffalo Pound and Last Mountain Lake.
Spokesman Dave Burdeniuk said ground shifting from excess moisture is once again to blame.
“In river valleys when you get a lot of moisture it starts to move the giant slump blocks of earth that make up the hill sides,” Burdeniuk said. “So we’re still seeing the impacts of all the moisture from 2014, which is still causing movement issues,” he added.
Burdeniuk says seven of the nine properties being disconnected are in the community of South Lake at Buffalo Pound, but the Crown is working on re-routing the line to keep service for 120 additional customers.
The other two properties are at Shore Acres at Last Mountain Lake , which was one of six properties that had permanent shut offs throughout 2017, again thanks to ground shifting.
The owners of the nine properties will have three months to switch to an alternate fuel source.
SaskEnergy will provide a $2,500 fuel transition allowance.
Burdeniuk said there is a few important signs customers can watch for that can uncover ground shifting.
“If you notice cracking in your driveway, cracking in your street and if there’s a lot of heaving in your homes foundation, give us a call. We’ll send someone by to come an look at it, we’ll have our engineers examine to see if it’s an area of ground shifting that we weren’t aware of,” Burdeniuk said.
“SaskEnergy closely monitors ground movement in areas where slope failure can occur, using below-ground measurement devices, natural gas leak surveys, geotechnical analysis, mapping and satellite monitoring. Customers who notice signs of ground movement, such as large ground cracks, broken pavement or significant heaving of a building’s foundation – or if you think you smell a natural gas odour near your home or business – are asked to contact SaskEnergy at 1-888-700-0427. A technician will be dispatched to determine if this movement is impacting the natural gas lines serving that property,” the Crown said in a news release.
SaskEnergy’s Dave Burdeniuk explains more with 620 CKRM below: