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Enbridge restores smaller gas line after main line blast

Enbridge restores smaller gas line after main line blast

FortisBC earlier asked customers to avoid non-essential use of gas and said there could be service disruptions.

The smaller line was shut down as a precautionary measure following the incident, but began flowing again early Thursday morning.

The pipeline is part of the T-South system, which stretches over 1,000 kilometres from Chetwynd to the B.C.

'Thank you for all your concern, we are all okay, we are staying at a hotel tonight, the community is evacuated, everyone is accounted for and okay too.

"Given UBC's geographic location at the end of the line, if Fortis BC runs out of gas, buildings that use natural gas for heating, hot water and cooking will be impacted, beginning as early as this evening, or possibly the morning of October 11", reads the alert.

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

Fortis also pushed gas from its own Mt. Hayes LNG plant on southern Vancouver Island by revaporizing the gas stored there for export and backfeeding it to from the Island to the Lower Mainland.




"We can advise the fire on the pipeline has been extinguished, the line has been isolated and fully depressurized, Barnes said".

"To the best of our knowledge and from what we can see. there were no worrisome anomalies in the line", he said in a telephone interview from Calgary.

"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".

Chief Dominic Frederick with the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation said Enbridge contacted him shortly after the blast.

Residents at Langara Towers, meanwhile, say they're thankful for the sunny weather, which is helping keep their units a little warmer amid the outage.

"Safety is always our top focus and top priority".

The RCMP have now turned the investigation over to the Transportation Safety Board, who are being assisted by the National Energy Board and Enbridge. More than 3 million customers in Canada and the United States have been impacted.

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