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[BC省新聞] Up to 700k FortisBC customers impacted by gas line explosion

Up to 700k FortisBC customers impacted by gas line explosion; B.C. and Washington asked to conserve energy
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Energy companies in B.C and Washington state are asking customers to reduce natural gas useCBC News · Posted: Oct 10, 2018 7:37 AM PT | Last Updated: 7 minutes ago

A large fireball was seen rising into the sky Tuesday from Shelley, B.C., a small community about 15 kilometres northeast of Prince George. (@Dhruv7491/Twitter)

The electricity and gas company FortisBC is asking British Columbians to turn down their thermostats and reduce natural gas use on other appliances following Tuesday's gas line explosion near Prince George.

Puget Sound Energy, a U.S. energy company, is also asking customers in Washington state to help conserve natural gas and electricity because of B.C.'s pipeline rupture and the impact it has on the U.S. gas supply.

The Enbridge natural gas pipeline that exploded Tuesday evening is a feeder for the province-wide gas distribution system and, because of this, FortisBC says it anticipates decreased energy flow and potential loss of service.


FIRE near Salmon Valley Prince George

5:59 PM - Oct 9, 2018

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"About 70 per cent of customers could be impacted here," said Douglas Stout, vice-president of external relations with FortisBC.

The company serves just over a million customers across the province, from the Lower Mainland to Northern B.C.  

'Turn your thermostats down'

"Anybody who consumes natural gas, we're asking you to cut back to as little as possible and help us work through this situation to everybody's benefit," Stout said.

"Turn your thermostats down as low as possible, obviously that depends on the region you're in what you can do, minimize the use of hot water if you've got a gas water heater, turn off your fireplace."

Puget Sound Energy

Due to a pipeline rupture Tuesday in B.C., Canada, we’re asking for your help conserving natural gas and electricity today. Lowering your thermostat and limiting hot water use can make a difference. Our local gas system is safe and was not damaged by the pipeline failure.

7:54 AM - Oct 10, 2018

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Widespread impact

The pipeline is part of the T-South system, stretching over 1,000 kilometres from Chetwynd, B.C., to the U.S. border, which is why it impacts gas distribution across the province and into Washington.  

Two Enbridge pipelines are being shut off: the ruptured pipe and another one that's to be assessed for damage. Combined, they supply 85 per cent of all natural gas used province-wide.

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

The pipeline is part of the T-South system, which stretches over 1,000 kilometres from Chetwynd to the B.C.-US border, passing through several communities. (Enbridge )
No injuries in explosion

The line ruptured on Lheidli T'enneh reserve land and witnesses who saw the explosion described it as an incandescent orange fireball that could be seen for kilometres.

No one was injured but roughly 100 people fled their homes, including Chief Dominic Frederick.

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Big fire north of #Princegeorge. Smoke up to 10k feet.

5:48 PM - Oct 9, 2018

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He wants answers but says he doesn't expect his nation's relationship with the company to change as a result.

"We're not going to move away because of one explosion," Frederick said.

"We've lived there for most of our lives, since the pipelines were built, and we never had any concerns with the pipeline until now."

The Early Edition
FortisBC asks British Columbians to turn down thermostats, conserve gas after pipeline explosion


00:00 05:36

Up to 700k FortisBC customers could be directly impacted 5:36

Investigation underway