BC residents asked to limit use of natural gas after pipeline explosion

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As a precaution, an adjacent natural gas pipeline owned and operated by Enbrige has also been depressurized, ' the statement said.

Yes, you read that correctly.

FortisBC warns all of its consumers to limit their natural gas usage following an explosion on the Enbridge gas pipeline near Prince George yesterday at approximately 5:45 p.m.

Western Washington utilities told their customers Thursday they can return to normal use of hot water and electricity after a shortage of Canadian natural gas that they rely on was resolved.

The damaged Enbridge pipeline connects to the Northwest Pipeline system which feeds Puget Sound Energy in Washington State and Northwest Natural Gas in Portland. Our analysts are monitoring.

Energy companies in Washington state and OR have also asked their customers to conserve. But with oil refineries potentially laboring to produce gasoline at their usual rate, gas prices in the same region are likely to skyrocket.

"I would expect that into the weekend we could see a lot of prices here in the Thompson and the Okanagan moving down below $1.30 a litre", McTeague says.

He said the blast sounded like a huge rumbling train or low-flying jet passing over his roof.

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"We are asking them to cut back, too, because we can flow some of that gas past them and down here to the Lower Mainland".

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.

"I am of course much aware that we're living in an quake prone zone, where disruptions could occur, for not only the reason of accidents, but also for disasters that occur naturally, like earthquakes", he says.

Alberta and B.C. gas prices had jumped in recent weeks thanks to more demand because of unusually cold weather in Alberta.

"At this time we can not speculate about how long it will take to resolve the situation", Enbridge spokesman Michael Barnes said in an emailed statement.

"There will be a small amount of delay time available in the.pipeline, but after that, I'm taking it, from what little I know about it, this is going to be a pretty serious shutdown and impact on residential, commercial and others in terms of the primary uses of natural gas for space heating and also for hot water", Craig said.

They say there are no injuries and no reported damage other than to the pipeline itself.

Yes. Stout said Fortis' industrial customers in B.C. are now under restrictions.

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