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Gas Pipeline Explosion Could Cause Gas Prices to Spike

Gas Pipeline Explosion Could Cause Gas Prices to Spike”

Of that million they estimate that approximately 700,000, or 70%, of those customers, could lose their gas supply.

Currently Fortis has reserves still in the pipeline south of Prince George, in its liquefied natural gas storage tanks in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island, and there is some gas flowing from Alberta through a pipeline in southern B.C., Stout said.

The agency will work closely with the Transportation Safety Board, which is responsible for investigating the incident, he said.

GasBuddy.com says gas prices are set to rise across the Pacific Northwest over the coming week as that incident knocked out oil refineries in Washington state that rely on natural gas to power portions of their facilities that produce gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. There are no reports of injuries, he said.

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

The natural gas shortage itself affects customers throughout British Columbia, Washington and Oregon.

"When we were outside, I could feel the debris fall in my hair", he said.

The explosion and ensuing fire happened on a natural gas transmission pipeline owned and operated by Enbridge about 13.5 kilometres from Prince George.

Teegee, whose home is about one kilometre from the site, said he and most members of the community of about 100 people spent the night in hotels or with friends.

Washington State-based Puget Sound Energy is urging its 750,000 customers to lower their thermostats and limit hot water use at least through Wednesday.

"We're not going to move away because of one explosion", Frederick said. "The most significant impact right now is what we are doing in terms of precautions", said B.C. Minister of Energy Michelle Mungall. The gas has been shut off.

'Enbridge has teams on the ground in the area and has mobilized additional response crews to maintain ongoing safety, ensure the needs of area residents are being met, and support the investigation [into the cause of the explosion]'.

Fortis BC has asked any customers who use natural gas across the province to turn off their thermostats and reduce the use of all other natural gas appliances.

The company will update its customers as soon as it is in a position to offer something new, said Stout. "For some reason or another the gas had stopped flowing and it built up and it just exploded", Frederick said.



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