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Pipeline explodes near Prince George, B.C.: RCMP

11 October 2018

"This is a unique situation, we rarely have horrific explosion as we've had north of Prince George", Horgan said.

The incident was reported at about 5:30PM on Tuesday by the Prince George RCMP and forced the temporary evacuation of residents living along the Shelley Reserve. "Motorists are urged to only buy what fuel they need to limit the scope of the price increases", says Gas Buddy's Dan McTeague.

Teegee said area Indigenous leaders met Wednesday with Enbridge officials but left the meeting with unanswered questions about pipeline infrastructure.

He adds they're working to find a quick solution.

"We were a bit anxious when it first happened".

"Enbridge emergency crews have responded, have isolated and are now depressurizing two natural gas transmission lines in the vicinity to contain the incident", he said.

Joshua Seymour lives roughly two kilometres from where the line ruptured. Across the country, the TSB has investigated six pipeline incidents in the past six years.

Prince George RCMP responded to a call of an explosion near Landooz Road, north of PG.

Police say residences within several kilometres were evacuated as a precaution, but the evacuation zone has now been reduced to residences within a one kilometre radius of the explosion site.

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An evacuation order had been downgraded Wednesday to the handful of homes near the explosion site. There were no reports of injuries as a result of the incident.

An explosion and fire in a pipeline that provides natural gas to about 1.5 million customers in British Columbia, Washington state and OR has prompted a plea from energy companies to conserve fuel as Indigenous leaders called for assurances of safety.

Fortis BC has asked any customers who use natural gas across the province to turn off their thermostats and reduce the use of all other natural gas appliances.

"To me, it's just literally how vulnerable we are in that area", he said.

No indication of a cause has been determined.

"Everyone is still in shock", Mr. Seymour said in an interview on Wednesday. The City has also stated it is prepared to deliver emergency support services, in conjunction with the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, if required.

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".

Witnesses near the scene say they heard "explosion-like noises".

Pipeline explodes near Prince George, B.C.: RCMP