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City Facilities’ Air Temperatures Reduced to Conserve Natural Gas Following Enbridge Pipeline Rupture

On October 9, a 36-inch natural gas pipe operated by Enbridge suffered a failure which resulted in an explosion and fire. As a result of the rupture, for safety reasons Enbridge shut down another 30-inch natural gas pipe in close proximity to the failed 36-inch pipe. These two pipelines supply about 70-85% of the natural gas used in B.C.

To conserve natural gas while the pipeline undergoes repairs, FortisBC is asking natural gas users to reduce consumption. In response, the City has formulated a supply conservation plan – stage 1 – to reduce natural gas consumption.

Effective October 11, all City facilities (except daycares and seniors’ centres) heated by natural gas will reduce their air temperatures until further notice. This will include, for example, City Hall, community centres, libraries and fire halls. Notices will be posted at civic facilities to advise users of the lower temperature settings and to invite facility visitors to do the same at home. As part of the stage 1 response plan, the City will also identify City facilities that may be required to operate at a further reduced level if the natural gas supply situation worsens.

The City is continuing to monitor the pipeline repair progress and timeline and if necessary, will advance to stage 2 of the supply conservation plan. The City will advise facility users if the situation changes and additional conservation measures are warranted.

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