FortisBC asks BC residents to conserve gas after pipeline explosion

Aiya Benaso / October 10, 2018

An Enbridge natural gas transmission pipeline exploded and caught on fire Tuesday.
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The electric and gas company FortisBC, is asking BC residents to turn down their thermostats and reduce natural gas consumption.

An Enbridge pipeline ruptured on Tuesday, near Prince George, which is part of a province-wide gas distribution system.

As a result the company has shut off natural gas to that system to asses damages.

FortisBC anticipates about 700,000 of their customers have the potential to lose gas supply due to this incident.

Although FortisBC’s systems were not damaged, they are working with Enbridge to serve about 1 million customers across the province, from Northern BC to the Lower Mainland.

“We understand our customers need heat, but we’re asking people to limit their use of natural gas as much as possible. This can be as simple as turning off your thermostat, not turning on your fireplace or limiting your shower time.” – Alex Munro, FortisBC

FortisBC has yet to comment about their next steps.

Pipeline Explosion Impact

The Enbridge natural gas pipeline ruptured in Shelley, about 15 kilometres northeast of Prince George.

No one was injured but roughly 100 people evacuated their homes, but have now been allowed to return.

So far the 128 customers in the nearby community of Salmon Valley have no gas service available.

The pipeline is part of the T-South system which stretches from south of Chetwynd to the U.S. border.

The cause of the explosion is unknown and an investigation is underway by the Natural Energy Board.


The pipeline ruptured on Lheidli T’enneh reserve land at about 5:30 p.m on Tuesday and forced about 100 members of the nearby Lheidli T’enneh First Nation from their homes.