Hundreds of residents evacuated after oil pipeline rupture in British Columbia

An explosion occurred northwest of Prince George Photo: Andrew Kurjata

About 100 members of a northern British Columbia First Nation were evacuated from their homes Tuesday night following a gas pipeline rupture that caused a huge fire.

The break occurred late Tuesday on an Enbridge-owned gas pipeline about 13.5 kilometers from Prince George, Enbridge spokesman Michael Barnes said in a statement.

The pipeline ignited at the site of the rupture in a rural area. No injuries were reported, he said.

An explosion occurred northwest of Prince George Photo: Andrew Kurjata
An explosion occurred northwest of Prince George Photo: Andrew Kurjata

“Enbridge’s emergency crews have intervened and are currently depressurizing two natural gas transmission lines in the area to mitigate the incident,” he added. The area of ​​the incident was cordoned off to ensure the safety of the population. ”

The evacuees are mostly residents of the nearby Lheidli T’enneh First Nation. They were asked to leave their homes as a precautionary measure, he said.

“Enbridge works with local communities,” said Barnes.

The BC Ministry of the Environment said it was informed that the incident occurred in Shelley and that it involves a 900 psi gas line operated by Enbridge.

The cause of the incident is being investigated.

Looks like an explosion north of Lheidli T’enneh reserve, looks to be the gas pipeline that runs about half a kilometre to a kilometre behind the community, this is North East of Prince George…

Posted by Terry Teegee on Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Marie Bram

Marie Bram started working for Spruce Tribune in 2017. Marie grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Spruce Tribune, Marie briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News.  She covers politics and the economy.

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