From FortisBC, October 10, 2018 4:55 p.m.
We’re very thankful to our customers who’ve been helping today to reduce their use of natural gas, resulting in a reduction of about 20 per cent province-wide.
This means we have more time to keep gas flowing through the system for essential uses.
However, we still need more customers to reduce their natural gas usage as much as possible for now, as we continue to work with Enbridge and confirm the impact on the system. We’re asking all of our natural gas customers across the province to turn off their thermostats and to reduce their use of all other natural gas appliances.
We recognize that in some parts of BC it may be impractical to turn off thermostats due to cold weather. Even turning the temperature down as much as possible and reducing hot water use and other natural gas usage will help.
Thank you for your patience and support as we work to maintain service.
Doug Stout, FortisBC external relations VP, explains further::
Enbridge continues to respond to the 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 an Enbridge natural gas pipeline, causing the natural gas being transported to be ignited. There are no reports of injuries as a result of the incident.
This pipeline was shut down, and an adjacent pipeline was shut down as well as a precaution. These pipelines are the main lines through which natural gas moves into FortisBC’s system, so we’re anticipating decreased energy flow and potential loss of service temporarily.
Although FortisBC’s system is not damaged, we’re working hard to continue providing energy for your homes and businesses. We’re monitoring the situation and will provide regular updates here.
If you smell gas, you need to leave the area and call the FortisBC 24-hour natural gas emergency line at 1-800-663-9911 or 911.
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