RCMP deem pipeline explosion not criminal in nature

By James Peters
October 11, 2018 - 2:33pm

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — North District RCMP have ruled out criminality as a potential cause of the explosion that heavily damaged an Enbridge natural gas pipeline in northern B.C. Tuesday.

The blast took place in a rural area outside of Prince George, and led to a temporary evacuation that affected about 100 people.

Today, RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Madonna Saunderson said investigators reviewed "known information by all stakeholders," and concluded there are no clues to indicate the explosion was criminal in nature.

"Our top priority is to ensure public and officer safety," says Inspector Shaun Wright, Operations Officer of Prince George RCMP in a news release. "Our investigators, along with Forensic Identification Services, have maintained security of the scene from the beginning and immediately engaged the assistance of our North District Major Crime Unit. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries or damages to properties in the vicinity."

The RCMP have now turned the investigation over to the Transportation Safety Board, who are being assisted by the National Energy Board and Enbridge.

Meantime, Enbridge has restored a smaller pipeline that ran beside the damaged main line.

UPDATE: Highway 1 west of Revelstoke reopened to traffic