Gas Pipeline Explosion Could Cause Gas Prices to Spike

Clay Curtis
October 11, 2018

"We'll also be working with the regulators of our pipeline to determine what was the cause of this event and it will be a very detailed process, they will look at the pipe itself, analyze the pipe along with any other factors", said Michael Barnes, Enbridge Spokesperson. "So we are asking everybody to chip in", said Stout.

Two Enbridge pipelines are being shut off: the ruptured pipe and another one that's to be assessed for damage.

The company says emergency crews are at the scene and have cordoned off the area.

More than 700,000 FortisBC customers have already been asked to limit their natural gas use, and are warned that their service could be cut at any moment as a result of the blast.

RCMP confirm a pipeline explosion is to blame for a large fire that burned 13 kilometres north of Prince George.

"Turn down your thermostat if you are in a cold spot".

Tuesday's explosion affected the two main Enbridge lines used to move gas into FortisBC's gas system to serve customers in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.

Chief Dominic Frederick of Lheidli T'enneh First Nation said about 100 people from his community were forced to flee, along with people from a nearby subdivision.

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Stout urged another 300,000 customers in the Okanagan and southeastern British Columbia., to conserve even though their natural gas comes from Alberta.

"When we were outside, I could feel the debris fall in my hair", he said. Most residents were being allowed back into their homes Wednesday. I thought it might have been hail, but it wasn't. The Pembina line was shut down at points on both sides of the incident, and the company is draining down the line. "Minimize the use of hot water if you have a natural gas hot water we preserve the gas we have for as long as possible", Stout said.

Puget Sound Energy asked its customers in a tweet on Wednesday to conserve natural gas.

"As I started driving down my street I saw more flames and more flames, and they were getting higher and higher".

"A cause will be determined following an investigation of the incident", Barnes said.

Dan McTeague, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy, predicted gasoline prices will rise over the next week because the explosion has 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.

The company will update its customers as soon as it is in a position to offer something new, said Stout.

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