Residents concerned about gas odour from refinery east of Edmonton

A gas leak in Edmonton caused quite a stink on social media Monday night.

Edmonton Fire Rescue tweeted that there was a gas leak at the Imperial Oil tank farm just east of Edmonton, causing a rotten egg smell.

“The leak does not pose any risk to the public,” the tweet read. “However, the rotten egg smell may be noticeable in Edmonton up to a week or more.”

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Around 9 p.m., residents in east Edmonton took to social media, posting about the stench, with some describing it as more of a natural gas smell.

Residents reported the smell in neighborhoods like Strathearn, Forest Heights and Ottewell — all west of the refineries along Baseline Road.

On the Strathcona Industrial Update Line, a message was posted by Imperial Oil around 6 p.m. saying “the refinery has identified that a product odour may be detectable near the refinery.”

“It went on to say, “Steps are currently underway to confirm and remediate the source.”

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On Tuesday afternoon, Imperial Oil posted a statement to its Facebook page acknowledging the gas leak.

“We are aware of a gasoline odour emitting through a valve on the roof of a tank at Imperial’s South Tank Farm south of the refinery on 34 Street, which has been detectable by some near neighbours,” it reads.

“We are actively working on a repair. As a precautionary measure, our team is performing site monitoring and safety checks twice per shift, four times a day.”

The statement went on to say “Monitoring conducted indicates there are no safety or health concerns for the community.”

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Global News has reached out to the Alberta Energy Regulator, but has not yet heard back.

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