An Enbridge pipeline carrying fracked gas in British Columbia has exploded, forcing some 100 members of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation to evacuate.
The explosion sparked off a massive fire, though the evacuation orders were lifted yesterday morning.
And yet, the devastation of this explosion will undoubtedly be felt for years to come, whether through ongoing fear of another rupture, or through long-term effects on the community’s health.
More than anything, this incident underscores the insidiousness of these pipelines and the routes they follow, which almost always run through poor or indigenous communities.
Now, the members of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation will not only have to deal with the continued presence of the pipeline on their land, but will also have to suffer through the consequences of the explosion, including a lack of fuel to power their homes as well as a spike in fuel costs.
The ruptured line provides roughly 85% of the gas sold to FortisBC, the company which supplies fuel to one million residents of British Columbia.
Residents have been encouraged to limit all non-essential natural gas use as repairs continue.
The companies Canfor and Lantic Inc. have both been asked to temporarily cease operations in light of the current gas shortage.
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