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Possible gas shortage for B.C. during the winter months despite pipeline repairs

Last Updated Oct 23, 2018 at 9:07 am PST

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — It’s going to be a lean winter for natural gas users, thanks to this month’s ruptured pipeline near Prince George.

Days after Enbridge reported most damage should be repaired by mid-November, FortisBC’s spokesman Doug Stout is still asking customers to conserve energy because supplies will be limited to less than 80 per cent capacity for the foreseeable future.

“We will be monitoring the situation, both on temperatures and gas supply, and providing you updates on a regular basis throughout the winter,” Stout says. “We’re actively working to access more gas from Alberta to supplement the volumes in northeast B.C. and we’re asking you to continue your conservation efforts.”

Watch: Enbridge gas pipeline ruptures north of Prince George, BC


Natural gas users should be frugal with their gas use in the coming months, he adds.

“So keep your temperatures below 20 degrees celsius if you can in your home and business, reduce the use of hot water in any way possible.”

Investigators with the Transportation Energy Board are still investigating the cause of the Oct. 9 explosion near Prince George, but police have already confirmed it wasn’t tampered with.