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Dallas Schools to hold meeting on gas scare

September 30. 2013 11:51PM

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DALLAS TWP. — In the wake of last week’s natural gas leak scare that prompted many parents to pull their children from the high school, Dallas School District has arranged a 30-minute public information meeting tonight at 6 in the high school auditorium.

“We want to talk to people about what happened, about what will happen to improve communications, and about what work will be done in the future,” Superintendent Frank Galicki said. “There will be no public input, it’s an informational meeting.”

The district implemented emergency protocols at the high school a little after 10 a.m. Thursday when a strong odor of natural gas was detected. Students were moved to the auditorium, the air intake was shut down, and emergency personnel were contacted and came in to check the air but found no gas.

The district then learned Williams Transco Pipeline had conducted a controlled release of the odorant used to help people detect the otherwise odorless gas at a nearby facility, but district and township officials complained there was a breakdown of communications and officials who should have known in advance did not.

Galicki said the district met with Transco representatives Monday morning.

“We discussed what occurred last Thursday and how to improve communications and not let this happen again, and we were trying to garner lessons and learn from that situation,” the superintendent said.

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