AT&T fiber project on hold after contractor strikes gas main & More Latest News

 

“At what point does it become a public safety issue,” asked Schmitz. “On this street alone they’ve hit a total of three gas lines.”

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — A south St. Louis County homeowner is safely back in his house Thursday night after being evacuated for more than five hours after contractors struck a gas main in his front yard.

If you drive down Smizer Mill Rd. in south St. Louis County it’s easy to see the calling cards of construction, but Kenneth Schmitz never thought it would force him from his home.

“I’m letting you know we hit a gas line over there,” a male contractor can be heard telling Schmitz in Ring doorbell video.

“What does that mean,” asked Kenneth Schmitz. “Could it be coming in our house? What’s going on?”

“Yeah, don’t turn on anything,” said the contractor.

“It turns out they hit a gas main, which is essentially like a fire hydrant of gas,” said Schmitz in an interview with 5 On Your Side.

Under Missouri state law Olam Communications, a subcontractor laying AT&T Fiber in the neighborhood, was supposed to have all utilities in the neighborhood marked before breaking ground.

In video obtained by 5 On Your Side, a site supervisor can be heard telling Schmitz that wasn’t the case.

“We didn’t know that line was there,” said a female contractor. “It was an unmarked line, so there’s only so much we can do.”

However, Schmitz said that wasn’t the most concerning thing he heard from the work crew.

“Can I ask how many incidents we’ve had in this neighborhood on this project,” Schmitz can be heard asking contractors.

“We’ve had too many for sure,” said the female contractor.

Also Read This News  Shift in funding looms over oil & gas industry as COP27 approaches, says WoodMac & More Latest News

“At what point does it become a public safety issue,” asked Schmitz. “On this street alone they’ve hit a total of three gas lines, two power lines, and they’ve knocked out telecommunications multiple times.”

AT&T’s permit for the project expired the same day that subcontractors struck the gas line.

“They then came back on Monday with no permit and tried to dig again down the street and we again had the police remove them,” said Schmitz. “At this point the police called the company and they admitted they were working without a permit.”

“AT&T has reapplied to have their permit reinstated,” said St. Louis County Councilman Tim Fitch. “We put it on hold.”

Fitch said St. Louis County is now looking for certain assurances from AT&T before they allow work to resume.

“We’re not going to continue to let them work out there unless they can do it safely,” said Fitch. “Until they can assure us to our satisfaction, and the neighborhood’s satisfaction, that this isn’t going to happen again we’re not going to let them move forward.”

An AT&T spokesperson provided 5 On Your Side with this statement on the incident: 

Our goal is to minimize impact on residents before, during and after construction related to our network expansion. Following damage to a gas line at Smizer Mill Road, the contractor notified the local gas utility so that repairs could be made as quickly as possible. At this time, this project is on hold.  Our contractors are trained to obtain proper permitting, follow local construction codes, and abide by rules governing rights-of-way and property easements. We review performance with our contractors performing the work.

Sources with multiple agencies have confirmed the incident is under investigation, but to date, no one has been cited.

Also Read This News  Worldwide Biomethane Industry to 2027 - Financial Aids for the Gas Distribution Facilities are Driving Growth - ResearchAndMarkets.com & More Latest News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=videoseries

Get Latest News Update

I have tried to give all kinds of news to all of you latest news today 2022 through this website and you are going to like all this news very much because all the news we always give in this news is always there. It is on trending topic and whatever the latest news was

it was always our effort to reach you that you keep getting the Electricity News, Degree News, Donate News, Bitcoin News, Trading News, Transfer News, Gaming News, Trending News, Digital Marketing, Telecom News, Beauty News, Banking News, Travel News, Health News, Claim News latest news and you always keep getting the information of news through us for free and also tell you people. Give that whatever information related to other types of news will be

made available to all of you so that you are always connected with the news, stay ahead in the matter and keep getting today news all types of news for free till today so that you can get the news by getting it. Always take two steps forward

Get More Live News

All this news that I have made and shared for you people, you will like it very much and in it we keep bringing topics for you people like every time so that you keep getting news information like trending topics and you It is our goal to be able to get

all kinds of news without going through us so that we can reach you the latest and best news for free so that you can move ahead further by getting the information of that news together with you. Later on, we will continue

Also Read This News  Five Important Gas Projects Coming Online in Africa in 2022/23 & More Latest News

to give information about more today world news update types of latest news through posts on our website so that you always keep moving forward in that news and whatever kind of information will be there, it will definitely be conveyed to you people.

Get More News Today

All this news that I have brought up to you or will be the most different and best news that you people are not going to get anywhere, along with the information Trending News, Breaking News, Health News, Science News, Sports News, Entertainment News, Technology News, Business News, World News of this news, you can get other types of news along with your country and city. You will be able to get information related to, as well as you will be able to get information about what is going on around you through us for free

so that you can make yourself a knowledgeable by getting complete information about your country and state and information about news. Whatever is being given through us, I have tried to bring it to you through other websites, which you may like

very much and if you like all this news, then definitely around you. Along with the people of India, keep sharing such news necessary to your loved ones, let all the news influence them and they can move forward two steps further.

Credit Goes To News Website – This Original Content Owner News Website . This Is Not My Content So If You Want To Read Original Content You Can Follow Below Links

Get Original Links Here🡽

Scroll to Top