RCMP: gas pipeline explosion in Prince George is not criminal

Ahmadullah Rahmat / October 11, 2018

An explosion shut off 2 natural gas transition pipelines in Prince George Tuesday evening. Local RCMP said in a press release that after reviewing known information by all stake holders,  there is no indication that the explosion was criminal. 

According to police, they assisted with evacuation of 100 residents after the eruption of the pipeline, and were allowed to return home after a couple of hours.  

“Our investigators, along with Forensic Identification Services, have maintained security of the scene from the beginning and immediately engaged the assistance of our North District Major Crime Unit. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries or damages to properties in the vicinity. –Inspector Shaun Wright, Operations Officer of Prince George RCMP 

The Transportation Safety Board, National Energy Board and Enbridge will still be investigating the cause of the eruption.  

Meanwhile, as of early today, gas is now flowing in Enbridge’s 30-inch natural gas line that was shut off as a precaution after the explosion. FortisBC said it will restore gas service to 128 customers in Salmon Vallery B.C. today. 

The timeline below shows major Canadian gas pipeline eruptions over the past 10 years. British Columbia and Ontario are the most affected among others.

With files from Carol Xu