The Municipality of Bayham issued a press release late Thursday morning indicating the MNR has confirmed a contractor is in place and work to deal with a leaking gas well north of Port Burwell, will commence Monday, February 24.
A week earlier, Bayham officials began fielding calls from concerned citizens about a ‘rotten egg’ smell in the Port Burwell and Vienna area. The source was discovered to be an old, abandoned gas well emitting sulphur water containing hydrogen sulfide gas. In close proximity and in sufficient concentrations, the gas can be dangerous to humans.
Orchard Line, a short road located north of Port Burwell, was closed due to its proximity to the abandoned well, which the public was warned to stay away from until it could be properly plugged.
The Bayham Municipal Group, with stakeholder representation, met Thursday to review the situation. The press release also indicated the odour may become worse during the capping procedure. There is no immediate danger to the public, stated the release, but the odour will persist until capping operations are complete. The public is warned to stay away from the immediate area until the process is finished.
Those with concerns are invited to call Elgin St. Thomas Public Health at 1-800-922-0096. Those with other concerns are welcomed to call the Bayham Municipal Office at 519-866-5521.