Gas Pipeline Explosion Could Cause Gas Prices to Spike

Jermaine Castillo
October 14, 2018

The National Energy Board (NEB) has deployed staff to the area of a sweet natural gas pipeline rupture on the Enbridge transmission pipeline near Prince George, B.C. Their role will be to oversee the company's response and to work with other emergency response agencies on site.

Some gas is still being brought in from Alberta across the southern Interior.

"If the pressure in the system drops, we can quickly shoot that one in and keep the pressure to keep as much service going as possible", said Swanson.

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"We also have an interconnection to the south with neighbouring utilities and they really leaned in to help us out", said Swanson.

Mt. Hayes holds 42 million cubic metres of natural gas.

The smaller line, shut as a precautionary measure after the rupture, will be returned to about 80% of its capacity, Enbridge said in a statement.

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The pipeline was buried 1.7 metres below the ground, said Colquhoun.

"To me, it's just literally how vulnerable we are in that area", he said. Starting Oct. 11, the Williams line will be able to draw up to 1.2 billion cubic feet per day of gas from a storage facility in southwest Washington, which is being placed back into service after it underwent scheduled maintenance.

Enbridge said it received NEB approval late Wednesday to restart its 76-centimetre line, which was shut down as a precaution because it is in the same path as the pipeline that exploded and burned.

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Gas flow will be restored when the line has been tested and pressurized.

Chief Dominic Frederick with the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation said Enbridge contacted him shortly after the blast.

"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.

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"We appreciate the efforts of our customers to limit their use of natural gas at this time", said Stout. Teegee said he saw a 60-metre fireball in the near distance and the impact showered him with dirt.

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