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The pipeline that failed was a gathering line carrying sour natural gas with hydrogen sulphide.

Spectra’s gas control centre in Fort St. John detected the drop in pressure, close to half a kilometre from the manned Compressor Station at kilometre post .05. Rosemary Silva, Team Leader of External Communications, says a team was sent to the location of the failure, and the leak was isolated by 3 a.m. this morning.

“The site was quickly and safely secured by our employees who we dispatched to the site,” she says. “The line was completely isolated shortly after we detected it.

Luckily, there have been no injuries reported so far, and Spectra says there is no risk to the public. At this point it is unknown how much sour natural gas and H2S may have leaked before the line was isolated. An investigation into the cause of the leak is now underway, with an investigator from the TSB currently en route.

“We’ve made all of our regulatory notifications, including the Transportation Safety Board and National Energy Board, and a full investigation is currently underway,” says Silva.

Spectra has also assembled its own investigation team to work with the TSB.

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