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Update 3: Enbridge provides update on pipeline rupture…

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Update 3 as of 9:30 PM Wednesday…

Enbridge received NEB approval tonight to restart its 30-inch line—which is located in the same right of way as the impacted 36-inch line—and began a multi-hour process to return the line to service.

This restart approval follows a comprehensive integrity assessment that evaluated a number of potential impacts. Enbridge looked for evidence of damage to the pipe, geotechnical and ground disturbance, and other potential integrity issues on the 30-inch line.

Now that the 30-inch line has been deemed fit for service, our restart plan is to gradually bring the line’s pressure up to approximately 80% of normal operating capacity.

Once this process is safely completed, some much-need capacity will be restored for our customers.

We thank emergency responders, civic and government officials and others for their diligence and hard work in this response effort. We also appreciate the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation for their patience and cooperative engagement, and are committed to continue to work together moving forward.

Update at 3:45 PM…

The BC Pipeline comprises of two pipelines, a 36-inch and a 30-inch, that run parallel to each other. Both pipelines were shut down following the rupture on the 36-inch line. Safety is our top priority and we are working diligently to return the 30-inch line to service to ensure that gas supply reaches customers. We are diligently assessing the safety and integrity of the 30-inch line.

We are also working with industry partners on sourcing alternate supplies of gas to meet demand.


PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Enbridge continues to respond to a natural gas pipeline rupture near Prince George, B.C. that occurred at approximately 5:45 p.m. PST on October 9, 2018. The rupture occurred on a 36-inch natural gas transmission pipeline, causing the sweet natural gas being transported to be ignited. There are no reports of injuries as a result of the incident.

Enbridge is working in coordination with area first responders, communities, officials with the federal, provincial and local governments, and regulators to ensure the safety of area residents near the impacted zone, a rural area approximately 13.5 km north of Prince George, B.C.

We can advise the fire on the pipeline has been extinguished, the line has been isolated and fully depressurized. As a precaution, an adjacent natural gas pipeline owned and operated by Enbridge has also been depressurized.

This pipeline system moves natural gas into the Pacific Northwest region. We recognize the impact this will have on customers in those regions including those in the lower mainland of B.C. We’re working diligently to try to resolve the situation in a manner that minimizes the disruption of gas supply to customers.

Approximately 100 members of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation were evacuated as a precaution following the incident. 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. Enbridge continues to maintain an evacuation zone of one kilometer from the incident site.

Enbridge has teams on the ground in the area and has mobilized additional response crews to maintain ongoing safety, ensure the needs of area residents are being met, and support the investigation. At this time we cannot speculate about how long it will take to resolve the situation. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we continue to work safely and in a manner that minimizes the interruption of gas supply to communities.

We would like to thank first responders for their rapid, professional efforts following the incident.

Safety is a core value of Enbridge. Enbridge commits to communicating with communities, governments, first responders and the public when more information becomes available.

We are working with regulatory agencies to investigate the incident.

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