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UPDATE: Transportation Safety Board and National Energy Board investigating pipeline rupture

The blast happened around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9
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The natural gas pipeline rupture near Prince George. (via Greg Noel/Twitter)

1:35 p.m.

The National Energy Board (NEB) has issued a new statement with an update into Tuesday's pipeline explosion near Prince George. 

The NEB has activated its emergency operation centre in Calgary. The board says they have also deployed a staff of four, including two emergency management specialists, a technical specialist in pipeline integrity, and a safety officer. 

Enbridge has indicated a 36-inch pipeline ruptured yesterday (Oct. 9) at roughly 5:30 p.m. No injuries have been reported.

Partners involved in the emergency response efforts include Enbridge, the NEB, Emergency Management British Columbia, FortisBC, the B.C. Ministry of Environment, B.C. Oil and Gas Commission, City of Prince George, Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, Indigenous Services Canada, Regional District Fraser-Fort George, and the Northern Health Authority.

"The NEB’s priority in any emergency is to make sure that people are safe and that property and the environment are protected," a statement reads. "The NEB will remain on site to verify that all reasonable actions are being taken to protect workers, the public and the environment."

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) will be in charge of the investigation. 

The NEB says further information will be released as it becomes available. 

10:30 a.m.

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has deployed a team to Prince George to investigate the cause of Tuesday's (Oct. 9) Enbridge natural gas pipeline blast. 

The incident was roughly 13.5 kilometres north of Prince George when a rupture happened at roughly 5:30 p.m.

The following will take place once the TSB team arrives at the accident site:

  • The investigator in charge (IIC) or his/her designated representative will contact the agency in charge of the site and obtain a briefing on the status of the emergency operations, as well as on hazards and dangerous goods identified.
  • Before initiating investigation activities at the site, the IIC will, in consultation with the other agencies involved, ensure the site is inspected and made safe to the extent possible.
  • The TSB IIC will decide which sections of the site will be under the authority of the TSB and will communicate this decision to the agency in charge of the site.
  • As part of the investigation, the IIC may interview first responders to determine their activities during the response and their recollections of the site and emergency activities.

 

Since the incident, FortisBC has asked all of their natural gas customers across the province to turn off their thermostats as well as reduce the use of all other natural gas appliances as the company is anticipating decreased energy flow and potential loss of service.

 

The NEB has also sent a team to the site to assist the TSB with the investigation. More information will be released once it becomes available.

 




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