According to a release, beginning this morning SaskEnergy will be conducting controlled natural gas flares at its block valve site in the RM of Senlac, about five kilometres north of the Village of Senlac. 

Today's flaring activity will run from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and then tomorrow, the flaring will again start up at 8:00 am and (Subject to change based on operating requirements) run until noon.

This means that residents or passersby in the Senlac region shouldn't be surprised to see a 40-foot flame being emitted from the flare stack temporarily attached to SaskEnergy’s infrastructure. According to SaskEnergy, flaring is necessary to perform maintenance work on the natural gas line system in the area and supports the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to SaskEnergy’s customers.

Flaring sees a portion of the gas line being isolated from the system, and then natural gas will be removed from the line in a controlled burn called a flare. Reducing the carbon footprint of the vented natural gas by 85 per cent, flaring is an industry standard practice when natural gas needs to be removed from a line.

People can be sure that residential natural gas service in the area will not be affected, and it should be known that the area around the flares will be supervised to ensure public safety, and also that SaskEnergy has notified the RM of Senlac and the local fire department about today and tomorrow's upcoming event.