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Imperial responded to operating issue, grass fire: All clear issued at 8:35 p.m. EST Feb. 23, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Imperial responded to operating issue, grass fire: All clear issued at 8:35 p.m. EST Feb. 23, 2017



Imperial personnel responded to an internal operating issue at Sarnia Site at approximately 6:20 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Site sirens were activated to alert personnel to respond.

Imperial notified the community about visible flaring as a result of the operating issue. Imperial also notified the City of Sarnia and Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

Imperial has and will continue to monitor air quality at the site’s fence-line as a precaution. There are no issues with air quality currently identified.

There are no injuries.

Imperial is investigating the cause of the operating issue and personnel will work as safely and quickly as possible to restore operations to normal.

Soon after our response to the operating issue, Imperial also assisted other industrial responders with extinguishing a grass fire just south of Imperial’s property and west of Vidal St. in Sarnia.

Imperial cannot speculate on the cause of the grass fire but will co-operate fully to provide any information that is required for an investigation.

An all-clear was issued for the operating issue and for the grass fire at approximately 8:35 p.m.

Emergency contacts:

  • 1-519-339-5666 to report any unusual odours, sights or sounds
  • 1-519-339-2111 Imperial information line
  • 1-855-472-7642 Community Awareness Emergency Response (CAER) industry update line

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