New Trial Ordered
The legal saga surrounding the Bloor Street explosion continues, as a retrial was granted on April 14, 2010. Anyone who has any involvement with borehole drilling and utility locates is encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Bloor Street explosion. We have previously posted a number of articles related to the explosion in the “Resources” section of the website.
Based on media reports, it appears that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has overturned the directed verdict and is ordering a new trial for Enbridge and their locate subcontractor. The company doing the excavation work without complete locates (Warren Bitulithic Limited) plead guilty in 2006 and was fined over $275,000.
In addition to the news items in our Resources section, some of the stories about the explosion and media reports on the appeal can be found below:
A good description of the incident and the recent appeal ruling, can be found in the April 21 summary provided by John Goudy:
For some photos of the site
Toronto Star story on re-trial being ordered (April 16, 2010)
Etobicoke Guardian stories on redevelopment, the appeal, and the names of the victims
Story on the redevelopment of the site and the memorial garden honouring the 7 people who lost their lives because the locates weren’t complete.
Whenever someone wants us to drill without complete locates, we would like them to read the press stories related to the incident, and to think about the seven people killed in the explosion, knowing that the reason for the explosion was that the locates were not complete.