Fortis BC Says Gas Supply “Secure and Stable” As Weather Conditions Impact Pipelines

While there have been concerns on social media about possible problems for natural gas customers due to significant flooding in the province, Fortis BC says there are sufficient natural gas to meet current seasonal demand.

“Between what we receive from the T-South line and our ability to tap into our own natural gas storage facilities, FortisBC’s gas supply is secure and stable for our million gas customers in British Columbia,” said Diana Sorace, spokesperson for FortisBC.

The Enbridge T-South gas transmission line is operating at 75% of its capacity, while tThe Trans Mountain pipeline remains closed as parts of British Columbia face extreme weather conditions.

Trans Mountain says the pipeline was closed on Sunday, November 14, and a team is working on restart plans.

The company says an initial assessment of the affected area was carried out on Tuesday by air.

Restart plans require ongoing assessments, including geotechnical grade stability assessments and field analysis to determine if work is needed to repair or re-establish protective cover where the pipe has been exposed due to a flood.

The statement goes on to say: “Trans Mountain is in regular contact with its shippers and is working to mitigate the potential impacts of the pipeline closure on British Columbians.

The company says it has spoken with Emergency Management BC to offer any assistance, including providing beds at the Trans Mountain camp to evacuated residents of Merritt.

“With teams throughout the Fraser Valley, Coquihalla and interior regions of British Columbia as part of the expansion project and regular operations. We are in contact with Emergency Management British Columbia and have offered our support and assistance in any way we can, including providing beds in our camp community in Merritt to evacuees.

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