Monday, January 27, 2014

Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion in Manitoba, Canada on January 25th

CREDIT: YouTube/Roberto Gomez via

Around midnight central time on Saturday January 25th a natural gas pipeline exploded near Otterburne, Manitoba. Flames from the explosion reportedly towered over 600 feet in the air and the resulting fire burned for more than 12 hours. Locally a state of emergency was declared, there were no injuries and the area was evacuated as a precaution, according to the National Energy Board.

In order to repair the damage, gas was shut off to over 3,000 local customers, with temperatures dropping to -20 degrees Celsius overnight. In North Dakota, Wisconsin and Minnesota, more than 100,000 customers of Xcel Energy, which provides natural gas through the pipe line supply, have been told to turn down their thermostats and reduce their natural gas usage. There is currently no timeline for resumption of service.

One interesting point is that this pipeline is owned by TransCanada, the same company behind the Keystone XL pipeline extension plan. 

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Video of the spill

The Loop - CTV News

Someone uploaded a clip from CTV too

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