One local expert says these problems following the Enbridge pipeline explosion in Prince George show we need to build a more resilient natural gas system, which would include the construction of storage facilities locally.
The Enbridge pipeline, which supplies Puget Sound Energy and Cascade Natural Gas, ruptured Tuesday evening creating a massive fire, but no one was hurt and nothing besides the pipeline was damaged. "Turn down your thermostats and avoid using non-essential use of natural gas until the situation is fully resolved". She added her ministry is working with the BC Oil and Gas Commission and the NEB to determine what happened and hopes to find answers soon.
"There are not a lot of other routes for gas to reach Vancouver or for export", said Ian Archer, associate director for IHS Markit, pointing out about one billion cf/d of the normal daily payload is headed for export into Washington.
FortisBC this morning reported that until the damaged 36-inch gas line is repaired, gas supply will continue to be constrained throughout the province.
The Westcoast Transmission System transports natural gas produced in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin to consumers in B.C. and, through interconnecting pipelines, other Canadian provinces and the United States.
Update Thursday, October 11 at 12:10 a.m: UBC has updated its bulletin at 10:30 p.m. on October 10 to note that "buildings that use natural gas for heating, hot water and cooking are no longer expected to be impacted".
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While everyone got out of the area safely, Teegee said it had been a stressful day that had taken an emotional toll. The pickups were suspended to save the natural gas used by trucks that collect the waste. "We'll know better when we look at it ourselves".
"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.
Thousands of FortisBC customers would be without natural gas without the pipeline.
"A cause will be determined following an investigation of this event", said Barnes. About 100 people were evacuated from their homes in a nearby Aboriginal community on Tuesday as a precautionary measure.
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