Fortis BC customers are being asked to reduce their natural gas use in the wake of a pipeline explosion north of Prince George Tuesday.
The utility says its infrastructure wasn’t damaged, but they use the pipeline, owned by Enbridge, to supply natural gas to customers across the province.
Fortis had to shut off the pipeline and as many as 700,000 customers – –70 % of their clients in BC — could lose gas supply before repairs can be made.
Douglas Stout, vice-president of external relations, says anyone who consumes natural gas is asked to cut back to as little as possible to get through the situation to everybody’s benefit.
“Turn your thermostats down as low as possible, obviously that depends on the region you’re in what you can do, minimize the use of hot water if you’ve got a gas water heater, turn off your fireplace,” says Stout.
Fortis says customers especially in northern B-C, the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island should immediately cut back on all natural gas use.
No one was hurt in Tuesday’s explosion on Lheidli T’enneh reserve land, but about 100 people evacuated their homes.
An investigation into the cause is being led by the Transportation Safety Board.