Thursday’s shutdown of all roads leading into the O’Leary Corner roundabout might have been an inconvenience to many travellers, but it was the prudent thing to do.
By themselves, spills of ammonium nitrate and diesel fuel do present environmental issues, but mixed together they could present an explosive combination. It’s a situation best avoided. The shutdown went up immediately after a transport truck loaded with the pelletized chemical tipped onto its side.
Of course, it should be noted that emergency personnel placed themselves in harm’s way by helping to ensure a dangerous situation did not turn out much worse. No one would want to be anywhere near the roundabout if the two ingredients mixed and the slightest spark occurred. They made sure that didn’t happen and proceeded carefully to clear the scene, a process that took nearly 10 hours to complete.
This was not something to be casual about. Care was exercised and all’s well with the roundabout again.
Why wait for winter?
If you’re reading this before 1:11 p.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2013, and you are doing so in the northern hemisphere, you’re not officially into winter yet.
Not that it really matters. Here on P.E.I. we already have enough snow on the ground to last all winter, conditions are good for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, and Brookvale Provincial Ski Park’s Saturday opening is an early Christmas gift for downhill, cross-country and sliding enthusiasts. Cross-country trails are groomed and ready at Mill River Provincial park, too.
Add to that some early blasts of Arctic air and Islanders have already had an opportunity to get working on their backyard rinks.
You might as well get out and enjoy it, because, ready or not, winter’s here and it could be a long one.
Speaking of winter fun, lots of good times are happening in West Prince early next month when Up West Winterfest is held in Tignish, Alberton, O’Leary and the Rodd Mill River Resort and Provincial Park January 10 to 19. It doubles as the community kick-off to P.E.I. 2014 celebrations.