TransCanada Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes in Manitoba
A TransCanada natural gas pipeline ruptured and exploded early Saturday morning in an isolated area near the town of Otterburne, 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Winnipeg. The pre-dawn pipeline break and resulting explosion sent a massive fireball into the night sky.
The incident on the sweet natural gas pipeline owned and operated by Calgary-based TransCanada Pipeline Inc. was reported to the National Energy Board at 3 am local time Saturday. Local residents were not harmed, but as a precaution one home near the area was evacuated.
The incident triggered emergency measures that included isolating the pipeline, shutting it down and depressurizing it to contain the fire and avoid further damage. The blaze was extinguished by Saturday afternoon.
The National Energy Board of Canada deployed an Emergency Response Team that is onsite to monitor and assess the company’s immediate response. Representatives from TransCanada Pipeline are on the ground securing and assessing the incident site. The local fire department and Hydro Manitoba personnel are also there to lend support.
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