Explosion not criminal

RCMP are working with Enbridge, the National Energy Board and Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause of the natural gas pipeline explosion that occurred earlier this week.

Some 100 residents were temporarily evacuated from a rural area outside of Prince George in the late afternoon on Oct. 9.

“Our top priority is to ensure public and officer safety,” said Insp. Shaun Wright, Operations Officer of Prince George RCMP. “Our investigators, along with forensic identification services, have maintained security of the scene from the beginning and immediately engaged the assistance of our North District Major Crime Unit. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries or damages to properties in the vicinity.”

Wright said after reviewing known information by all stakeholders, there are no indications that the explosion was criminal in nature. The investigation has now been turned over to Transportation Safety Board, with assistance from National Energy Board and Enbridge.

Analysts say about 10 per cent of Western Canada's daily natural gas output was stranded when Enbridge Inc. halted transport on the 36-inch line that exploded Tuesday near Prince George as well as its neighbouring 30-inch line.

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