Pacific Northwest gas prices could spike after pipeline explosion

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Of that million they estimate that approximately 700,000, or 70%, of those customers, could lose their gas supply.

The Embridge pipeline ruptured in a rural area near Prince George about 5.45pm on Tuesday, the energy company said, causing natural gas to ignite.

Mr. Seymour, who spent Tuesday night in a Prince George hotel with his family, said he has been told it is safe for him to return home, but he was unsure after a community meeting with Enbridge about what to do.

About 100 people have been evacuated from the nearby Lheidli T'enneh First Nation as a precaution.

Motorists beware: gas prices are set to rise across the Pacific Northwest following yesterday's pipeline explosion in Prince George.

Doug Stout of Fortis BC said Wednesday that 85 percent of the gas his company feeds to homes and businesses is carried by the twinned pipeline that runs from northern British Columbia to the United States border south of Vancouver.

British Columbia's Ministry of Environment said it had been notified of the incident Shelley, B.C., and involved an 900 PSI pipeline. "So we are asking everybody to chip in", said Stout. "They're going to monitor and oversee the company's response to the incident, and they're going to determine the impact and extent of the fire and release", Neufeld said.

The Enbridge website describes its almost 2,900 kilometre natural gas pipeline as capable of "transporting approximately 55 per cent of the gas produced in the province", and "the backbone of B.C.'s natural gas industry since 1957".

The blast Tuesday shut down the Enbridge natural gas pipeline about 15 kilometres northeast of Prince George.

"I could feel the heat through the windows", he said. "Health-care facilities are considered among the highest priorities for Fortis B.C. We have not been contacted or asked to reduce our usage at this time, which would be standard practice through our agreement with the company", she said.

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

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is investigating the cause of the blast and it is unclear how long it will be before the system is restored.

Casey Edge, executive director of the Victoria Residential Homebuilders Association, said considering natural gas is the most affordable energy available, builders lean heavily toward building new homes that use it.

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