SaskEnergy will be conducting a controlled natural gas flare at its Melville Compressor Station, three miles north of Melville on Brewer Road.  The flare will take place between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12th.  The flaring is necessary to help SaskEnergy perform routine maintenance work on the gas line system.

During this process, SaskEnergy will release natural gas in a controlled burn called a flare.  While the gas line will be isolated from the remainder of the system, flaring is required to remove the remaining gas from the line before work can begin.  Flaring is an industry standard procedure when natural gas needs to be released from a gas line and reduces the carbon footprint of the vented natural gas by 85 per cent.

Residents and drivers in the area may see a 20-foot flare being emitted from a 60-foot flare stack temporarily attached to the gas line system within the station yard.

The area around the flare will be supervised to ensure public safety and SaskEnergy has notified local Emergency Responders of the upcoming events. There will be no disruptions to natural gas service for SaskEnergy customers during this process.