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Explosion = pain at pump

This week's natural gas pipeline explosion near Prince George could lead to a spike in gasoline prices, according to GasBuddy.com analyst Dan McTeague.

Fuel prices across the Pacific Northwest could jump in coming days because of the explosion's effect on refineries in Washington state.

The refineries use natural gas to power their facilities, says McTeague.

"The duration of the price impact will depend on the length of time that the pipeline is out of service, but it may be at least one to two weeks," he told CTV.

Some stations on Vancouver Island, which is in danger of a natural gas shortage because of the explosion, bumped prices nearly 15 cents on Wednesday, to 153.9 cents per litre.

FortisBC customers across the province have been asked to limit their natural gas use because of the incident, which could lead supply being cut off.

– with files from CTV Vancouver Island



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