Gas leak closes portions of Chalk Creek
A large portion of Chalk Creek Road was closed Monday evening after the Citation Oil and Gas Corp. reported potentially explosive fuels were leaking from one of its pipes.
The leak, which occurred near 3303 Chalk Creek Road, forced the closure of the road for nearly a mile in both directions. The road reopened Tuesday at around 10 a.m.
According to Tyler Rowser, North Summit Fire District’s public information officer, about 200 barrels of gasoline, butane and propane escaped. Crew members from North Summit Fire and the Summit County Health Department responded to the scene at around 7 p.m.
"Our initial role was to make sure the spill had been contained and was controlled. Before our arrival they (Citation Oil and Gas) were able to shut down the pipeline and stop any additional spilling from occurring," Rowser said.
Crews monitored the highly explosive fuels for several hours, but when the levels hadn’t dissipated enough the decision was made to leave the road closed through the night, Rowser said.
"It was cold so the cold air trapped all that gas down near the ground. If it was a warmer day, it would have evaporated off," Rowser said.
Only two homes were located in the area near the leak, however, they fell outside of the evacuation zone, Rowser said.
"We did monitor them because of their proximity and we did check air samples around those homes to make sure gases hadn’t leaked over to them," Rowser said. "But they weren’t evacuated."
Enviro Care, a Salt Lake City-based company that provides environmental services, also responded to the scene.
The cause of the leak is unknown and Citation Oil and Gas has not responded to calls from The Park Record.
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