VANCOUVER — Enbridge Inc. says it will begin cleaning up the site of a natural gas pipeline explosion in Prince George B.C., but the company says it does not have a timeline for how long the task will take.
In a news release Saturday, the company says the Transportation Safety Board, which is leading the investigation into Tuesday’s incident, has opened the area to begin site-safety work and clean-up planning.
An explosion Tuesday at an underground Enbridge pipeline temporarily shut down two natural gas pipelines.
The blast knocked out Enbridge’s 91-centimetre line, but the Calgary company’s 76-centimetre pipeline near the damage site is supplying natural gas on a reduced basis.
The incident has led several major industries and institutions to switch energy sources, reduce operations or shut down temporarily.
Enbridge says it recognizes the incident has had a significant impact on the communities where the company operates, and it’s working with those communities to make sure their needs are being met.
Gas prices have gone up as a result across the province, as some refineries rely on that supply. Large facilities like UVic and UBC have also turned off heating in a conservation effort.
The Canadian Press