VANCOUVER —Enbridge Inc. says it has begun construction of a temporary access road to the site of a natural gas pipeline explosion in Prince George.
In a news release issued Sunday the company says construction will take a few days, but it has no timeline on when the repair work will be completed.
An explosion Tuesday knocked out a 91-centimetre line and another pipeline is supplying natural gas on a reduced basis.
Enbridge says it has completed soil sampling and preliminary field observations in the area of the blast and found no traces of hydrocarbons in the soil.
It also says field observations show that animals and plants are still active and viable around the explosion site.
Enbridge says it expects the site to recovery quickly.
On Saturday Enbridge said 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