PNG Crews Making Repairs to Damaged Line in Smithers

August 18, 2022, 1:30 p.m.

PNG crews are making repairs to a damaged natural gas distribution line in Smithers, at Highway 16 and Toronto Street intersection

At approximately 11:10 a.m. today, Pacific Northern Gas was informed that a third-party contractor caused damage to a natural gas distribution line in Smithers, near the intersection of Highway 16 and Toronto Street.  

Upon notification, PNG immediately arrived onsite. The situation was made safe by stopping the flow of gas to the damaged pipe to isolate the leak. No injuries have occurred.

Natural gas service is being maintained to customers in Smithers, and there will be no service interruptions.

In order to ensure public safety and the safety of local crews making repairs on site, a portion of Highway 16 was closed, and traffic was rerouted, for approximately 40 minutes. Highway 16 has now been reopened. Repairs will continue to be made and are anticipated to be competed over the next day. Further closures of Highway 16 are not expected.

As a result of the damage, PNG activated its emergency plan. Our immediate activities are to continue to ensure public safety and the continuity of natural gas supply to Smithers.

An investigation into the cause of this incident will be conducted.

Thank you to everyone assisting us with this response.

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