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Enbridge subsidiary fined $40,000 for 2018 pipeline blast near Prince George

Click to play video 'Pipeline explosion near Prince George forces dozens to be evacuated from First Nations community' Pipeline explosion near Prince George forces dozens to be evacuated from First Nations community
(Oct. 9, 2018) Pipeline explosion near Prince George forces dozens to be evacuated from First Nations community – Oct 9, 2018

Westcoast Energy has been fined for failing to prevent a fiery pipeline blast northeast of Prince George, B.C., two years ago that led to natural gas shortages in the province through the winter.

The Enbridge subsidiary was issued the $40,000 fine after the Canada Energy Regulator determined Westcoast did not adequately implement a stress corrosion monitoring program that would have identified the problem section of the pipe.

Read more: 2018 Enbridge pipeline explosion caused by undetected cracking, says regulator

In its final report released in March, the Transportation Safety Board said the 90-centimetre pipeline that supplies much of southern B.C. ruptured due to stress corrosion cracks on the outside surface of the pipe.

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Enbridge gets approval to restart secondary gas line – Oct 11, 2018

The safety board said the company didn’t follow its own procedures in technical assessment and approvals before deciding to defer the inspection that may have identified the cracks.

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Read more: Pipeline explosion near Prince George forces about 100 evacuations from First Nation community

No one was hurt in the Oct. 9, 2018, explosion but 125 people within a two-kilometre radius had to be evacuated as a precaution.

Since the blast, Enbridge says it has completed enhanced inspections on its natural gas pipeline system to prevent similar incidents.