PRRD board agrees to close Rose Prairie water station, other recommendations

James Dunn

We're learning the fate of the Prairie Rose water station today, after the Peace River Regional District council voted to fully close the station.

The $900,000 station is 30km north of Fort St. John.

It had to be shut down a day before it was supposed to open because of a potentially explosive gas leak.

The brand new station was undergoing final tests the day before it was supposed to open, when the operator noticed abnormal readings

Dangerous levels of gas were found in the tankloader and the pump 1km away.

WorkSafe-BC, Northern Health, and the Oil and Gas commission all had to be notified.

An investigation is underway, and is expected to be completed within a couple of months.

Council voted unanimously to close the station and will be hosting a town hall with residents by the end of the month.

A feasibility study will be conducted immediately to find other treatable water sources and looking into a plan to rebuild the current station.

Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman proposed the feasibility study be done after the investigation finished, the board voted in a tie. Chair Brad Sperling voted against the amendment, thus failing.

Area B Director, Karen Goodings, said during the meeting that she's thankful it was discovered when it did.

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