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Gungahlin gas leak

By johnboy - 20 March 2013 5

ACT Fire & Rescue currently on scene at Gundaroo Drive, Gungahlin at a gas leak.

The gas line rupture caused by workmen in the area.

No evacuations. Nearby residents have been advised whilst gas contractors work to repair the 160mm gas line rupture.

Crews are expected to remain on scene for the next hour.

10:54 AM

Due to changeable wind conditions, two nearby houses have been evacuated as precaution.

Crews are continuing to repair the gas line and anticipate to have it completed within the hour.

12:03 PM

ACT Fire & Rescue crews are remaining on scene.

Gas contractors are continuing to repair the gas line.

Repairs will continue for some time.

1:00 PM

ACT Fire & Rescue are remaining on scene.

Gas contractors are continuing to dig into the earth to clamp the gas line.

Gas has not been isolated at this stage.

A third home has been evacuated as a precaution.

2:01 PM

Gas has been isolated.

Gas contractors have clamped the gas line.

ACT Fire & Rescue will depart the scene shortly.

3:21 PM

[Courtesy ESA]

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5 Responses to
Gungahlin gas leak
Rangi 11:00 am 21 Mar 13

The plan are only accurate up to a point, there can be variations such as the person digging the trench going 100% straight, whatever you are putting in the trench moving around as the trench is filled in, even general earth movements.
Which is all beside the point, buried pipes and cables are like strong magnets to all digging implements from hand tools to excavators. I think the pipes like to be hit, they love the attention.

chewy14 10:20 am 21 Mar 13

Deref said :

How hard is it to avoid things like gas lines? I honestly don’t know. I’d have assumed that there’d be accurate maps – particularly in newer areas – that would make it easy.

Maps accurate to a few metres maybe but not accurate enough for this, which is why people should always dial before you dig.
This kind of leak is usually caused by workers being lazy.

Deref 10:12 am 21 Mar 13

How hard is it to avoid things like gas lines? I honestly don’t know. I’d have assumed that there’d be accurate maps – particularly in newer areas – that would make it easy.

hotwaterservice 9:57 am 21 Mar 13

Sounds just like the Amaroo gas line break.

Hmmm … Amaroo, Palmerston … both being dug up by NBNCo and/or contractors .

Is gas compatible with broadband? Or is there a gassy version of optical fibre?

Fibre? Gas? Could be a link (or a missing one) there! 😎

hotwaterservice 9:54 am 21 Mar 13

Wonder if it was NBNCo or their contractors who found the gas line … oops! (Or is there another reason?)

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