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.