Pipeline explosion sends fireball shooting into the sky and evacuates a community

Pipeline explosion sends fireball shooting into the sky and evacuates a community

Pipeline explosion sends fireball shooting into the sky and evacuates a community

The Globe and Mail reports the explosion is being investigated by the Transportation Safety Board, noting that the blast damaged the two main pipelines, both operated by Enbridge, that bring natural gas into the FortisBC's gas distribution system.

'We appreciate everyone's patience as we continue to work safely and in a manner that minimizes the interruption of gas supply to communities'.

And Dan McTeague, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy, said prices could climb even more in the next few days as three out of four Washington State refineries have indicated they will have to reduce output until the pipeline is fixed.

"Our local gas system is safe and was not damaged by the pipeline failure", it said.

FortisBC, the company that depends on the Enbridge line for about 85 per cent of the gas it delivers to its one million customers, said in an online notice that gas is now flowing, but customers are still asked to cut back.

Enbridge, the Calgary, Alberta-based company which operates the pipeline, says the pipeline supplies about half the natural gas used in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

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The National Energy Board has sent inspectors to the scene and the Oil and Gas Commission is also investigating.

"We thought it might have been a train crash or a low-flying jet", he said.

The pipeline was buried 1.7 metres below the ground, said Colquhoun. The company can apply to resume full pressure, the regulator said in a statement on its website.

Colquhoun said he expected a detailed metallurgical analysis of the fractured pipe could take one month at the earliest.

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

About 100 people have been evacuated from the nearby Lheidli T'enneh First Nation as a precaution.

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