Gas Analyst: Prices Set to Spike Following Pipeline Explosion

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FortisBC has approximately one million gas customers and it is estimated that about 70% of the customers have the potential to lose gas supply.

A pipeline that ruptured and sparked a massive fire north of Prince George, B.C.is shown in this photo provided by Dhruv Desai.

Motorists beware: gas prices are set to rise across the Pacific Northwest following yesterday's pipeline explosion in Prince George. There are no reports of injuries, he said.

Puget Sound Energy and Cascade Natural Gas, both USA energy companies, are also asking customers in Washington state to help conserve natural gas and electricity because of B.C.'s pipeline rupture and the impact it has on the US gas supply.

The natural gas shortage itself affects customers throughout British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. "Minimize the use of hot water if you have a natural gas hot water tank.so we preserve the gas we have for as long as possible", Stout said.

"We thought it might have been a train crash or a low-flying jet", he said.

Enbridge spokesman Michael Barnes said in a statement the explosion is the result of a rupture on a 91-centimetre section of the pipeline, causing natural gas being transported to be ignited.

RCMP confirm a pipeline explosion is to blame for a large fire that burned 13 kilometres north of Prince George.

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"When we were outside, I could feel the debris fall in my hair", he said.

Residents previously evacuated can return home.

Puget Sound Energy asked its customers in a tweet on Wednesday to conserve natural gas.

"We're very concerned about this", Hall said, adding the focus now would be to keep affected residents informed about the situation.

'Enbridge has teams on the ground in the area and has mobilized additional response crews to maintain ongoing safety, ensure the needs of area residents are being met, and support the investigation [into the cause of the explosion]'. "The most significant impact right now is what we are doing in terms of precautions", said B.C. Minister of Energy Michelle Mungall.

Police said the gas line has since been shut down.

Casey Edge, executive director of the Victoria Residential Homebuilders Association, said considering natural gas is the most affordable energy available, builders lean heavily toward building new homes that use it.

"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".

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