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Canadian gas pipeline damage disrupts supply in the Pacific Northwest

14 October 2018

FortisBC says it will continue to monitor gas flow as they begin restoring service to approximately 128 customers in Salmon Valley, who had their service disrupted after Enbridge shut down its gas line.

FortisBC ships as much as 85 percent of the natural gas it supplies to customers via the twin Enbridge line where the incident occurred.

The natural gas supply disruption saw major industries and institutions switch energy sources, reduce operations or shut down temporarily.

Refiners use the gas to generate steam and power at their facilities.

One of the pipelines was cleared to start shipping gas late Wednesday but on a reduced basis, forcing residents and industrial customers of FortisBC to turn down the heat and cut back on production.

The line carries gas to refineries in Washington state to operate units that process crude oil into gasoline, diesel and other fuels, as well as to utilities in the region.

"The duration of the price impact will depend on the length of time that the pipeline is out of service", GasBuddy said in a release.

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'Enbridge has been in constant communication with members of the community; we have provided accommodations and where appropriate are assisting in a return to their communities.

Stout said Fortis expected to receive updates on the situation as Transportation Safety Board investigators and National Energy Board inspectors arrived to assess the damage and attempt to determine a cause of the blast. The company can apply to resume full pressure, the regulator said in a statement on its website.

"So far, we're OK-the weather being so nice", Dennis Hougham, another resident, said. "We'll know better when we look at it ourselves".

"It's a rough estimate but I would say 400 metres would be the edge of where anything would be burned", said Colquhoun.

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

While everyone got out of the area safely, Teegee said it had been a stressful day that had taken an emotional toll.

Canadian gas pipeline damage disrupts supply in the Pacific Northwest