Leak of explosive gas contained at Nova Scotia Power plant in Cape Breton

T.J. Colello comments@cbpost.com
Published on March 17, 2014


A small hydrogen leak at the Lingan generating station on Monday afternoon was contained and poses no danger to the public.

Cape Breton Regional Fire Service deputy Chief Brent Denny said the small leak happened in a 1,000 gallon storage tank at about 3 p.m. March 17, although there wasn't that amount in the tank at the time. The cause is still under investigation.

Fire departments from Scotchtown and New Waterford responded to the scene.

"With the wind and weather conditions ideal, what's left in the tank was left to dissipate into the atmosphere," he said. "There is no danger to the environment or the public."

Hazmat crews will remain in scene to test the area once the gas has dissipated.

Denny said the danger of hydrogen gas, if not contained, is that it's highly flammable and can explode.

The leak happened in a storage area and the station did not need to be evacuated. There were no injuries as a result.