Wheatley Updates

Key Dates

June 2, 2021 - a state of emergency was declared in downtown Wheatley after the presence of hydrogen sulphide gas was detected. The state of emergency resulted in an evacuation order for several properties in the immediate vicinity of where the gas was detected.

June 19, 2021 - based on the advice of technical experts, the evacuation order was narrowed to two properties.

July 19, 2021 - Hydrogen sulphide was again detected by monitors that were installed. This resulted in an evacuation of 23 residential properties and 13 commercial properties.

August 26, 2021 - Chatham-Kent emergency services were on the scene after gas monitoring devices placed at the site indicated the presence of gas. First responders had evacuated the buildings closest to the alarm and were in the process of evacuating a wider area when an explosion occurred. A two-block area around the blast site was evacuated and the evacuation order remains in effect to date.

September 20, 2021 - the Municipality signed an agreement with the provincial Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry to take the lead in the investigation.

September 21, 2021 - Premier Doug Ford visited the affected site.

September 22, 2021 - Minister Greg Rickford announced that the province has allocated $2 million to help businesses affected in Wheatley get back to business. He also confirmed that the province has entered into an agreement with Golder Associates to locate the source of the gas.

March 29, 2022 - Tait Well Re-Drilling Work Imminent - An oil and gas drilling contractor is anticipated to begin re-drilling the Tait Well, located in the APEC 2 area.

December 7, 2022 - Fencing to be installed along Erie Street North in preparation for street re-opening.

Key Dates

June 2, 2021 - a state of emergency was declared in downtown Wheatley after the presence of hydrogen sulphide gas was detected. The state of emergency resulted in an evacuation order for several properties in the immediate vicinity of where the gas was detected.

June 19, 2021 - based on the advice of technical experts, the evacuation order was narrowed to two properties.

July 19, 2021 - Hydrogen sulphide was again detected by monitors that were installed. This resulted in an evacuation of 23 residential properties and 13 commercial properties.

August 26, 2021 - Chatham-Kent emergency services were on the scene after gas monitoring devices placed at the site indicated the presence of gas. First responders had evacuated the buildings closest to the alarm and were in the process of evacuating a wider area when an explosion occurred. A two-block area around the blast site was evacuated and the evacuation order remains in effect to date.

September 20, 2021 - the Municipality signed an agreement with the provincial Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry to take the lead in the investigation.

September 21, 2021 - Premier Doug Ford visited the affected site.

September 22, 2021 - Minister Greg Rickford announced that the province has allocated $2 million to help businesses affected in Wheatley get back to business. He also confirmed that the province has entered into an agreement with Golder Associates to locate the source of the gas.

March 29, 2022 - Tait Well Re-Drilling Work Imminent - An oil and gas drilling contractor is anticipated to begin re-drilling the Tait Well, located in the APEC 2 area.

December 7, 2022 - Fencing to be installed along Erie Street North in preparation for street re-opening.

  • Capping of APEC 1 to Begin This Week

    Work on the APEC 1 well in Wheatley has resumed. The provincial contractor will be on site today to complete cementing the inner casing of the well. Cement will need to be set and then final work to abandon the well will continue later this week.

    Work on restoring the worksite and contractor demobilization will begin as soon as this work is complete and is expected to take into next week.

    In the meantime, residents are reminded that if at any time they detect the smell of gas, to immediately call 9-1-1.

  • Wheatley In-Person Town Hall Meeting

    Work on the APEC 1 well in Wheatley is currently on hold as experts assess the work completed last week on the installation of the cement between the casing and the conductor pipe. Work is expected to resume at the beginning of next week to begin plugging the well.

    An in-person town hall meeting to update residents and provide a forum for questions and answers will be held in Wheatley on Thursday, September 15th at the Wheatley Arena. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. Anyone unable to attend in person or who wishes to participate virtually will be able to watch the meeting live on the Municipal Facebook and YouTube channels. Those wishing to attend the meeting in-person can signup via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/414861260197

    In the meantime, residents are reminded that if at any time they detect the smell of gas, to immediately call 9-1-1.

  • Work Continues on APEC 1

    Last week, crews installed a new casing inside the conductor pipe to assist in the performance of the plugging operation. The casing was cemented in place. Work on the APEC 1 well in Wheatley will continue this week with geotechnical testing. Geotechnical testing is being done to analyze the performance of the cement bond and determine the next steps before completing the plugging of the well.

    An in-person town hall meeting to update residents and provide a forum for questions and answers will be held in Wheatley on Thursday, September 15th at the Wheatley Arena. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. Anyone unable to attend in person or who wishes to participate virtually will be able to watch the meeting live on the Municipal Facebook and YouTube channels. Those wishing to attend the meeting in person can signup via Eventbrite.

    In the meantime, residents are reminded that if at any time they detect the smell of gas, to immediately call 9-1-1.

  • Conductor and Casing Pipe Work to Begin on APEC 1

    Work on the coring of the conductor pipe on the APEC 1 well in Wheatley will begin this week with the installation of a new case inside the conductor pipe. The casing is to replace the old casing and will be cemented in bedrock. Once the casing is installed, cement will fill the space between the conductor and casing pipes. Testing of this portion of work will begin on September 6th.

    Once that is completed, work crews will undertake geophysical tests to ensure the site is ready for the next phase of plugging the well with cement.

    A town hall meeting will be held in Wheatley in the second week of September. The location and timing of the event will be shared later this week. The meeting will be an in-person meeting with options for participants to watch live on the Municipal Facebook and YouTube channels.

    There has been no gas emission at the site since July 6.

    If at any time residents detect the smell of gas, they are asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

  • Mayor, Council Pay Tribute to Wheatley Community On Eve of Explosion Anniversary

    One year ago tomorrow, the community of Wheatley was stunned by a gas explosion in the downtown core.

    Today, as we continue efforts to address the situation, council would like to pay tribute to the citizens of Wheatley who have endured a year of uncertainty while a team of professionals worked to determine the cause of the explosion.

    During this time the citizens of Wheatley have worked tirelessly to advocate, collaborate and work with municipal and provincial officials to resolve issues. Between volunteers and organized citizen groups, together members of the community have been unrelenting in their commitment to the downtown core of Wheatley and envisioning what the future could hold.

    While there is still work to be done, on behalf of council, we remain committed to helping the community of Wheatley as it moves forward to renewed vibrancy. We appreciate the support and passion from the citizens and business owners of Wheatley. #Wheatley Strong”

    Darrin Canniff,

    Mayor, Chatham-Kent

  • Wheatley Update August 25

    Conductor Pipe Coring Almost Complete on APEC 1

    The coring of the conductor pipe on the APEC 1 well in Wheatley will be completed by mid-next week.

    Once that is completed, work crews will undertake geophysical tests to ensure the site is ready for the next phase of plugging the well with cement.

    There has been no gas emission at the site since July 6.

    If at any time residents detect the smell of gas, they are asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

  • Wheatley Update August 23

    Media Release

    August 23, 2022


    APEC 1 work continues

    The coring of the conductor pipe on the APEC 1 well in Wheatley is now underway and will continue for the next several days in preparation for the plugging of the well.

    When the next steps in the workplan are completed, the well will be plugged with cement, as was done with the previous two wells found in the area.

    There has been no gas emission at the site since July 6.

    If at any time residents detect the smell of gas, they are asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

  • Wheatley Update August 18

    APEC 1 work continues

    With the Installation of a conductor pipe on the APEC 1 well in Wheatley completed, work crews will spend the next several days monitoring the site, finalizing plans and implementing well preparations to eventually plug the well.

    Once the final workplan is established the well will be plugged with cement, as was done with the previous two wells found in the area.

    There has been no gas emission at the site since July 6.

    If at any time residents detect the smell of gas at any time, they are asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

  • Wheatley Update August 17

    Installation of APEC 1 Conductor Pipe Well Complete Installation of the conductor pipe on the APEC 1 well in Wheatley was completed Monday.

    Along with the installation of the 13” pipe, work crews have also removed the former casing from the approximately 100-foot deep well in the municipal parking lot. That casing, estimated at between 75 and 100 years old was heavily corroded

    Once further monitoring is completed, workers will begin plugging the well, possibly by the end of this week.

    There has been no gas emission at the site since July 6.

    If at any time residents detect the smell of gas at any time, they are asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

  • Installation of APEC 1 Conductor Pipe Begins

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    Following the successful installation of a conductor pipe for a pressure relief well, work crews are beginning the same process for the APEC 1 well in the municipal parking lot.

    The conductor pipe will be hammered into the ground and the current APEC 1 well casing will be removed. A pressure test of the current well casing was completed which will guide the engineers through placing the new pipe around its circumference.

    Once in place, the new pipe will enable the plugging of APEC 1. The process is estimated to take three weeks.

    When the next phase of the work resumes, an odour of gas may be detected. If residents at any time detect the smell of gas, they are asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

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