Pipeline blast brings natural gas crunch, pain at the pump
Pipeline blast brings natural gas crunch, pain at the pump
The incident is ongoing in the community of Shelley northeast of Prince George. Greg N/@gregnoel Twitter
11 October, 2018, 22:15
The fiery blast happened Tuesday in Prince George, British Columbia, shutting down the Enbridge natural gas pipeline about 600 miles northeast of Vancouver.
A massive pipeline explosion in British Columbia risks cutting off the flow of Canadian natural gas to Washington State, and companies are urging customers to conserve.
Update Thursday, October 11 at 12:10 a.m: UBC has updated its bulletin at 10:30 p.m. on October 10 to note that "buildings that use natural gas for heating, hot water and cooking are no longer expected to be impacted".
"The duration of the price impact will depend on the length of time that the pipeline is out of service, but it may be at least one to two weeks", McTeague said. "I thought it might have been a jet engine or a low-flying jet".
Enbridge spokesperson Michael Barnes told The Canadian Press company crews were working to assess the situation Tuesday night.
Earlier this evening, UBC warned campus residents that the university's geographic position means it could be among the first locations affected by a gas shortage - possibly as early as this evening.
The pipeline is part of the T-South system, stretching over 1,000 kilometres from Chetwynd, B.C., to the USA border, which is why it impacts gas distribution across the province and into Washington. An adjacent 30-inch pipeline was also depressurized for safety.
"We ask all students, staff, and faculty please anticipate chilly mornings and evenings and to dress warmly - including gloves, hats, and coats where necessary".
Up to 700,000 natural gas customers in northern B.C., the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island could be directly affected by a potential natural gas shortage, a spokesman for Fortis BC said in Vancouver on Wednesday.
This includes turning off thermostats and limiting other uses of natural gas as much as possible. "Island Health can transition from natural gas to fuel oil if necessary, but again that hasn't been asked of us". That's more than two-thirds of the company's customer base.
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