Customers asked to limit use of natural gas | Cranbrook, East Kootenay

Posted October 14, 2018

Enbridge said it received National Energy Board approval Wednesday night to restart its 76-centimetre line, which was shut down as a precaution because it is in the same path as the 91-centimetre line that ruptured and exploded near Prince George.

FortisBC has approximately one million gas customers and it is estimated that about 70% of the customers have the potential to lose gas supply.

Enbridge has no estimated time yet for when gas supplies will resume.

Enbridge spokesman Michael Barnes said in a statement Wednesday the explosion is the result of a rupture on a 91-centimetre section of the pipeline, causing natural gas being transported to be ignited.

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"We had gas flowing into two large pipelines that were operating at full capacity before the rupture", Stout said.

Stopping the flow of gas left many Fortis Gas customers living in Salmon Valley without natural gas. Although the gasoline you pump into your vehicle is different than the natural gas in the pipelines, the natural gas is used to power oil refineries.

Tolko Industries Ltd. closed its Heffley Creek plywood plant near Kamloops and reduced operations at sawmills in the Cariboo at Quesnel and Soda Creek.

"Basically, don't panic", he said in an interview.

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There was also a considerable amount of gas stored within the pipelines themselves, under pressure, but not in liquid form, said Swanson. The fire has since been extinguished.

"We also have an interconnection to the south with neighbouring utilities and they really leaned in to help us out", said Swanson. "We'll know better when we look at it ourselves". "The crater is quite small, I would say four, five metres across".

While everyone got out of the area safely, Teegee said it had been a stressful day that had taken an emotional toll.

No one was hurt when the fireball lit up the sky near the community of Shelley, British Columbia and forced about 100 members of the nearby Lheidli T'enneh First Nation from their homes.

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