Liberal MLA Debby Carlson took Environment Minister Lorne Taylor to task in the legislature Monday over last weeks handling of a Caroline-area sour gas leak.
The MLA for Edmonton Ellerslie raised the issue during question period. Carlson said she felt compelled to speak after receiving phone calls from unhappy residents.
The company didnt notify them until four hours after the leak and the smell of sour gas was quite predominant where they lived, Carlson said. They were very concerned.
The small sour gas leak occurred last Wednesday at a Shell Canada compressor station south of Caroline. The leak was detected after residents began calling the Sundre Petroleum Operators Group about 4 a.m.
Shell Canada found the problem, isolated it and gave the all-clear sign about 10:30 a.m.
Rose Balcom of Didsbury phoned the provincial Liberal party office to inform them of residents concerns following the incident.
Its very apparent that if there was a major sour gas leak, people would die, she said. They have to protect and notify people and figure out what they are going to do. We need emergency response plans.
Carlson said there are such protocols in place, but it appears they werent followed in this case.
This is what we were trying to get to, but the minister wasnt very open about his answers, Carlson said. They (the province) have strong …