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Enbridge has issued a response following a scary pipeline explosion north of Prince George.

British Columbia's Ministry of Environment says it has been notified of the incident and that the 900 PSI gas line is operated by Enbridge.

"Enbridge emergency crews have responded, have isolated and are now depressurizing two natural gas transmission lines in the vicinity to contain the incident", he said.

Gas prices could jump in the Pacific Northwest due to a natural gas pipeline explosion.

Western Washington utilities told their customers Thursday they can return to normal use of hot water and electricity after a shortage of Canadian natural gas that they rely on was resolved.

Although the fire on the pipeline has been extinguished, two Enbridge pipelines are being shut off: the ruptured pipe and another one that's to be assessed for damage.

"To the best of our knowledge and from what we can see. there were no worrisome anomalies in the line", he said in a telephone interview from Calgary.

"We are asking them to cut back, too, because we can flow some of that gas past them and down here to the Lower Mainland".

This includes turning off thermostats and limiting other uses of natural gas as much as possible.

"That is a question that we not only need to ask the company, but also the regulators, and the province, because this sort of emergency preparedness goes in two directions", says Antweiler.

The Enbridge natural gas pipeline explosion occurred at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and forced many people from their homes.

Thousands of FortisBC customers would be without natural gas without the pipeline.

Some gas is still being brought in from Alberta across the southern Interior. "We'll know better when we look at it ourselves".

Yes. Stout said Fortis' industrial customers in B.C. are now under restrictions.

The Transportation Safety Board is still investigating, with support from Enbridge and the NEB. The refineries are largely fuelled by natural gas from the B.C. pipeline.

As many as 70 per cent of FortisBC's natural gas customers could be without service following an explosion of a pipeline north of Prince George.

The natural gas supply disruption saw major industries and institutions switch energy sources, reduce operations or shut down temporarily.