B.C. pipeline explosion strands natural gas output, cuts into wellhead prices

B.C. pipeline explosion strands natural gas output, cuts into wellhead prices

B.C. pipeline explosion strands natural gas output, cuts into wellhead prices

Natural gas service to much of British Columbia was being gradually restored Thursday after a pipeline explosion north of Prince George shut down a major supply artery to homes, institutions and industries.

Enbridge has restarted a smaller natural gas pipeline beside the damaged pipeline.

According to FortisBC, this affects the pipeline that supplies natural gas which FortisBC distributes to customers across Greater Vancouver, the lower Fraser Valley, Prince George, Quesnel and William's Lake.

Puget Sound Energy had already issued a notice on social media urging its 750,000 natural gas customers to lower their thermostats and limit hot water use at least through Wednesday, a warning Stout seconded.

"To see that big fireball, it was so scary", she said.

Madonna Saunderson said investigators reviewed "known information by all stakeholders", and concluded there are no clues to indicate the explosion was criminal in nature.

Between 70 and 80 people living on the north side of the Lheidli T'enneh reserve were evacuated.

Teegee said area Indigenous leaders met Wednesday with Enbridge officials but left the meeting with unanswered questions about pipeline infrastructure.

An evacuation order had been downgraded Wednesday to the handful of homes near the explosion site.

"I know the priority is to keep the residents in B.C. being able to use natural gas - it's the industrial users that take the hit when this kind of thing happens and that's completely understandable", said Sampson.

Edge said Fortis estimates 75 per cent of new homes are built with natural gas heating.

"That could put us on course to gas prices going to 161.9 cents/litre tomorrow and then up another two cents to 163.9", he noted."That would be a record price". It has allowed gas to flow through it once again.

"They had told me there was a gas building up in the underground".

The Enbridge pipeline is under the regulatory authority of the National Energy Board (NEB), however it is Transport Canada that will be conducting an investigation into the explosion, with the help of NEB inspectors.

The City of Prince George says it activated its Emergency Operations Centre and remains prepared to deliver emergency support if needed.

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