Pipeline explosion sends fireball shooting into the sky and evacuates a community

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The University of British Columbia (UBC) says its buildings are no longer impacted by natural gas shortages following an Enbridge pipeline explosion in Prince George Oct. 9.

A massive pipeline explosion in British Columbia risks cutting off the flow of Canadian natural gas to Washington State, and companies are urging customers to conserve.

Although the gasoline you pump into your vehicle is different than the natural gas in the pipelines, the natural gas is used to power oil refineries.

"There will be a small amount of delay time available in the.pipeline, but after that, I'm taking it, from what little I know about it, this is going to be a pretty serious shutdown and impact on residential, commercial and others in terms of the primary uses of natural gas for space heating and also for hot water", Craig said.

The school was also anxious about a lack of heating and hot water on campus but they're no longer expecting to be impacted.

He said the blast sounded like a huge rumbling train or low-flying jet passing over his roof.

Enbridge spokesperson Michael Barnes says a full investigation into what caused the rupture is underway and the company is working with nearby communities to maintain public safety. "As a precaution, an adjacent natural gas pipeline owned and operated by Enbridge has also been depressurized".

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Meanwhile, students and staff at BCIT are being asked to dress warmly.

Researchers who use natural gas for projects and academic work were asked to cut off all usage.

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

No injuries were reported, and investigators are on scene, though the cause of the rupture remains unknown.

"It's really grown in the last four years or so", he said, noting Fortis has told him they have connected more homes in Victoria in the last year to natural gas than in any other year.

The company will update its customers as soon as it is in a position to offer something new, said Stout.

British Columbia's Ministry of Environment said it had been notified of the incident Shelley, B.C., and involved an 900 PSI pipeline.

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