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Pipeline explosion not criminal in nature: RCMP

Police have determined that the cause of Tuesday’s pipeline explosion near Shelley was not criminal in nature.

The RCMP has been working with Enbridge, the National Energy Board and Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause of the natural gas pipeline explosion that force the evacuation of about 100 Lheidli T’enneh residents. They were allowed to return home within a couple of ours.

Our top priority is to ensure public and officer safety, said Inspector Shaun Wright, Operations Officer of Prince George RCMP. 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.

After reviewing known information by all stakeholders, he said, there are no indications that the explosion was criminal in nature. The investigation has now been turned over to Transportation Safety Board, with assistance from National Energy Board and Enbridge.

Last night Enbridge brought its smaller 30-inch pipeline, which uses the same right of way as the one that exploded, back on line. It was shut down as a precaution.


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