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A CLOSE CALL – The truck thatʼs been the focus of attention in Dawson City this week was turning into the AFD Petroleum pumps o n Tuesday evening when its trailer rolled over. Fortunately, its contents, about 55,000 litres of LNG, didnʼt leak.

LNG will be transferred to second tanker

The transfer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from an overturned tanker in Dawson City will take place tonight.

By Rhiannon Russell on October 2, 2014

The transfer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from an overturned tanker in Dawson City will take place tonight.

During this process, the North Klondike Highway will be shut down for three hours, starting at 9 p.m.

The truck was turning into the AFD Petroleum pumps in Dawson on Tuesday night when its trailer rolled over. Its contents, about 55,000 litres of LNG, didn’t leak.

“We simply caught a soft shoulder on an approach and the shoulder gave way and our tanker slid down into the ditch,” said Ron Chrysler, general manager of Ventures West Transport LP.

The Dawson City Fire Department initiated its emergency response plan, shutting down the road, monitoring the gas’ ventilation and contacting Transport Canada.

As a precaution, the AFD pumps and bulk storage tanks were shut down and the 26 guests at the Bonanza Gold Motel and RV Park across the street were relocated to two other hotels.

They will spend a third night there tonight.

FortisBC spokesman Michael Allison said the company received a report of the incident at about 9 p.m. Tuesday. It had sold the LNG to the Northwest Territories Power Corp. for use at its generating plant in Inuvik.

“As part of FortisBC’s agreement with Northwest Territories Power Corporation, and as part of our transportation regulations, we provide the emergency assistance in situations like this,” Allison said.

“The gas is shipped from our plant in Lower Mainland up to Inuvik. Even though it has been sold, we do provide that emergency response support.”

Immediately, FortisBC dispatched technical experts, who arrived Wednesday to evaluate the situation.

It was determined yesterday the tanker would stay where it was overnight last night, until a second tanker from Delta, B.C., arrived to transfer the LNG.

That truck is set to arrive this afternoon.

Dawson City fire chief Jim Regimbal said the powerlines over the site will be lowered this afternoon so a crane can be used to lift the tanker without interference.

“Once the tanker comes in, we’ll be able to remove roughly half the product, then we’ll lift the tanker itself, and then build up the pressure to get the rest of the product put into the tanker that they’re setting up,” he said, adding that everything has gone as smoothly as possible so far.

Emergency situations arising from the trucking of LNG and other dangerous liquids are very rare, according to Chrysler.

“Especially in the dangerous goods and liquids hauling business, for the number of kilometres that are driven every year hauling fuel and other regulated products in a liquid state, there are very few incidents,” he said.

“It’s a very safe mode of travel.”

NTPC spokeswoman Pam Coulter said this morning the corporation purchased the LNG, then contracted Ventures West to ship it north.

“It’s our responsibility once it gets to our plant,” she said. “Each truckload contains just over a day’s worth of generation.”

Ventures West will conduct a full review of the rollover, Chrysler said, as it does for any incident.

Regimbal said this morning he was pleased with how the emergency procedures were handled and executed.

“As much as we would probably all like to see it happen quicker, there’s no need to rush it,” he said. “Let’s do it right.”

Comments (7)

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yukon56 on Oct 7, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Just so no one misses the obvious, NO LEAK!!! Safety issues have been built in and they worked

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Mark Smart on Oct 6, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Heh, Pro-Science Greenie
Many established people came here with nothing more than a backpack way back in the 70`s. They made a life here and do not want to see the Yukon ruined. Not all have government pensions by the way. They cannot help it if land and housing were cheaper back then and virtually all hope that it could be the case for young people today.

And they, including me, do not all belong to the NDP. We will stand up for what we believe in and fight to stop narow connected interests from destroying our Yukon, our legacy.
I would talk longer but its too nice to be inside.


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redneck yt on Oct 6, 2014 at 3:38 pm

The tip over of the tanker was dealt with very well, the problem is a poorly designed driveway that has absolutely no signage. I would like to think that a driver would not be allowed to unhook a load of LNG and leave it somewhere while they came into town. What I find disconcerting is that this large load of LNG was only enough to power the town of Inuvik for one day! If Casino uses LNG, how many of these potential bombs will be roaring up the Alaska Hiway? How is this more economical than good old diesel, that does not need to be pressurized, can be just off loaded into a tank, diesel that is much cleaner burning these days. If we are just using the power plants for back up why do we need a $45 million redo? Some big pieces of an even bigger puzzle are missing here.

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Pro-Science Greenie on Oct 6, 2014 at 11:56 am

"Many people who came to the Yukon in the 70's and 80's do not want it destroyed." - These are also the same people that got large tracks of land for next to nothing or on a squat, got sweet government jobs and for life and now at retirement age and sitting on $500K plus properties see the Yukon as their little playground and certainly don't want to see any dirty pawed miners and loggers at work. They are also part of the Old Boys and Girls network that is the Yukon NDP, an NDP that these days is white collar only very much unlike the NDP of the 70's and 80's that was pro-mining. Just follow the money.

No wonder the Yukon Party keeps getting voted in.

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Josey Wales on Oct 6, 2014 at 8:48 am

Hey francias...that was purdy good, gave me a much needed belly laugh to go with my coffee.
francias in posting on articles with the anti-everything crowd, I ask you to beat to absolute death this word I "sorta" invented...

"Hippycrytes" IMHO a fitting term for the entitled delusional hippies (sorry about the redundancy).

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Mark Smart on Oct 3, 2014 at 9:51 pm

tough crowd!
Liz and the NDP would cretainly consult with First Nations and eliminate all those needless court challenges.

Many first nations want mines and gas development but not with the Yukon Party style of cutting effective environmental reviews. And all those people who want to sling mud, please remember that the job creation dogma has been around for a long time. Tax breaks and infrastruture creation can often mean profits for a few and an environmental cleanup at taxpayers expense. In recent years the jobs created are often farmed out to foreign workers for more profit.

Mining and gas development in Yukon is necessary, don't get the wrong impression. But they can be brought online with an environmental legacy we can all live with. Instead of backroom deals and campaign contributions from insiders, development can proceed with a democratic process. Similarly, parks and protected areas can be developed.

Many people who came to the Yukon in the 70's and 80's do not want it destroyed.
And please note I have worked in the mining industry so have some experience with the economic benefits and the way things work.

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francias pillman on Oct 3, 2014 at 12:24 am

Where is the hippies on this one? Shouldn't they surround the turned over tanker and sing koombya? Or attach bundles of cancer causing tobacco to the wheel wells? Or how this proves fracking will destroy the Yukon. Or are they too busy protesting the lack of hot cookies from Air North? Just picture Liz Hanson and gang having a podium set up next to this tanker. Little NDP banners hanging from the trees. And mini Mulclair dolls for the kiddies.

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