Pipeline Explosion Causes Gas Shortage In British Colombia

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Pipeline Explosion Causes Gas Shortage In British Colombia

British Columbia's Ministry of Environment said it had been notified that the incident occurred in Shelley, B.C. and involved an 900 PSI Enbridge pipeline.

More than 30 buildings of the Vancouver campus may be affected.

Fortis BC tells Castanet News that as of 4 p.m. they do not have any further updates but will keep us informed if things change.

"But it may be at least one to two weeks".

It happened in a spot that will impact the supply to most of B.C. About 700,000 FortisBC customers including all of those on Vancouver Island could be impacted by the shortage. An adjacent 30-inch pipeline was also depressurized for safety.

Restaurants around the province, on the other hand, are looking at ways of using less natural gas. Stout urged another 300,000 customers in the Okanagan and southeastern B.C., to conserve, even though their natural gas comes from Alberta.

The problems have the potential to flow south of the border.

"We don't know what caused this explosion yet but once we do know, no doubt there will be some lessons to be learned and we will be implementing those as regulators".

The RCMP has confirmed that there has been a pipeline explosion in the vicinity of Prince George, B.C.

Doug Stout, vice-president of market development with FortisBC, said the Lower Mainland could see a four to eight-cent jump in gas prices as a result of the possible shortage.

"Given UBC's geographic location at the end of the line, if Fortis BC runs out of gas, buildings that use natural gas for heating, hot water and cooking will be impacted, beginning as early as this evening, or possibly the morning of October 11", reads the alert. 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. It's not clear, however, whether the supply is significant enough to make up for a major loss of pipeline gas, or how quickly it can get into the system.

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