Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Enbridge pipeline explosion forces evacuations near Prince George

11:24am
Updated 11:24am Updated
Pablo Mccormick | 11 October, 2018, 03:15

An explosion and fire in a pipeline that provides natural gas to about 1.5 million customers in British Columbia, Washington state and OR has prompted a plea from energy companies to conserve fuel as Indigenous leaders called for assurances of safety. I thought it might have been hail, but it wasn't. "They're going to monitor and oversee the company's response to the incident, and they're going to determine the impact and extend of the fire and release", Neufeld said.

Residents previously evacuated can return home.

"Enbridge emergency crews have responded, have isolated and are now depressurizing two natural gas transmission lines in the vicinity to contain the incident", he said.

The pipeline is part of the T-South system, which stretches over 1,000 kilometres from Chetwynd to the B.C.

Police say it is still unclear what caused the natural gas pipeline to rupture but there are no injuries and no reported damage other than to the line itself. "For some reason or another the gas had stopped flowing and it built up and it just exploded", Frederick said.

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"Enbridge is working with area communities to ensure public safety", he said. "I just made a decision to get out". "For anybody who lives near a pipeline, you realize that these infrastructure are capable of breaching".

Puget Sound Energy was asking its customers to do the same.

Prince George RCMP responded to a call of an explosion near Landooz Road, north of PG.

The pipeline is part of the T-South system, stretching over 1,000 kilometres from Chetwynd, B.C., to the US border, which is why it impacts gas distribution across the province and into Washington.

Puget Sound Energy asked its customers in a tweet on Wednesday to conserve natural gas.

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"Turn down your thermostat if you are in a cold spot. So we are asking everybody to chip in", said Stout.

Fortis now has reserves in the pipeline south of Prince George, in its liquefied natural gas storage tanks in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island, and there is some gas flowing from Alberta through a pipeline in southern B.C., he said.

Currently Fortis has reserves still in the pipeline south of Prince George, in its liquefied natural gas storage tanks in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island, and there is some gas flowing from Alberta through a pipeline in southern B.C., Stout said.

The National Energy Board has sent inspectors to the scene and the Oil and Gas Commission is also investigating.

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