Alberta: TC Energy’s Nova Gas Transmission Line explodes, starts out of control wildfire by Edson. But but but, Premier Danielle Smith insists arsonists start wildfires: “Trudeau! Trudeau!”

Alberta You See Pee@youseepeeYYC:

So good that TC Energy’s profit margins are doing just fine, even as they ignite entire forests like the Dragon from Paper Bag Princess.


is Smith saying this was one big arsonist?

Fiery natural gas pipeline rupture in Yellowhead County prompts Alberta Wildfire response by Karen Bartko, April 16, 2024, Global News

A pipeline reportedly exploded west of Edmonton late Tuesday morning, sending up a large plume of flames and smoke that was visible from many kilometres away.

It happened around 11 a.m. in Yellowhead County, northwest of Edson and northeast of Hinton along Emerson Creek Road. The fire was visible from a considerable distance, including along Highway 16.

There are several gas plants and gas wells in that region and the pipeline in question is operated by TC Energy.

The energy company said it responded to a pipeline rupture involving the NGTL natural gas system approximately 40 kilometres northwest of Edson in Yellowhead County.

“TC Energy received notification about this incident at approximately 11 a.m. MT and immediately activated our emergency response procedures,” a statement said, adding the company was co-ordinating with first responders.

The NGTL is TC Energy’s natural gas gathering and transportation system for the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB).

The system transports natural gas from Alberta and northeast B.C. to domestic and export markets. The system spans 24,631 kilometres and connects with TC Energy’s Canadian Mainline system, Foothills system and other third-party pipelines.

Alberta Wildfire said surrounding trees caught fire after the pipeline ruptured and natural gas caught fire, so it was also responding to the blaze north of Obed Lake.

There were eight pieces of heavy equipment, 12 wildland firefighters and additional resources from Yellowhead County and industry at the incident, Alberta Wildfire said in a 3 p.m. update on the fire labeled as EWF015. Airtankers and helicopters were also working with the firefighters but the time of year presented a challenge, said Alberta Wildfire information officer Caroline Charbonneau.Who pays to put out this fire? Taxpayers? Of course, never the billion dollar profit-raping leaking corrosive pipeline rupturing oil and gas companies. ‘Cause you know, Trudeau.

“One of the conditions that are making it difficult right now is that there is no available water because the lakes are frozen. So the air tankers have to fill at the tanker base, and the helicopter can’t necessarily bucket,” she said.

“Fortunately, we have water trucks at the site and we’re also very fortunate that there’s really good road access.”

The fire is about 28 kilometres north-northeast of Obed Lake, 35 kilometres northwest of Edson and 55 kilometres northeast of Hinton, the province said.

The wildfire could be seen from Highway 40 north and Highway 16. Alberta Wildfire and the county said they were working together, along with industry staff, to extinguish the remaining wildland fire.

Just before noon, the province’s wildfire dashboard said the out-of-control fire was around 10 hectares in size.

“Firefighters are fairly confident that this fire is not going to escape — except we really don’t know what the weather is going to be like,” Charbonneau said.

“We have some storms moving in which could create wind. But what I can say is that no communities are threatened at this time.”

Alberta RCMP said it received a call about the incident just after 11:30 a.m. and both Mounties and Yellowhead County fire crews were responding to the rural scene.

The affected section of pipeline has been isolated and shut down, both TC Energy and the county confirmed, and there was no more gas leaking.

“An initial ignition of natural gas at the rupture site is now extinguished. We are working to support Alberta Wildfire in their response to contain a secondary fire,” TC Energy said later in the afternoon.

The reason for the pipeline rupture is under investigation.

The pipeline is under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Energy Regulator. The federal body said it was sending inspectors to the area to monitor and oversee the company’s response and determine the impact of the incident. TC Energy said it would be co-operating with the investigation.

The county said there is no threat to the public, and crews continue to work on the scene, containing and extinguishing the remaining fire.

There have been no reports of any injuries and AHS said EMS did not transport any patients.

The wildfire risk in that part of Alberta was categorized as moderate on Tuesday, and a fire advisory remains in effect.

“It’s really important for folks to realise that the conditions are very dry and the grass is very dry,” Charbonneau said.

"So any spark, friction or hot exhaust could easily start a wildfire. And if the wind conditions are there, it could burn very quickly."

TC Energy said the remainder of the NGTL system is operating normally and there are no commercial impacts at this time.

— With a file from The Canadian Press

r/alberta mattamucil: 36” Gas Pipeline Explosion between Edson and Hinton

Firefighters battle wildfire near Edson, Alta., after natural gas line rupture, TC Energy says the affected section of the pipeline has been isolated and shut down by Thandiwe Konguavi, CBC News, Apr 16, 2024

Smoke billows from a forest area.
An aerial photo of a wildfire about 40 kilometres north of Edson, Alta., involving TC Energy’s Nova Gas Transmission Line, taken around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. (Alberta Wildfire)

A natural gas pipeline rupture Tuesday morning in west-central Alberta has sparked a wildfire.

TC Energy activated its emergency response procedures after it was notified about the incident, involving its Nova Gas Transmission Line, located 40 kilometres northwest of Edson, Alta., at about 11 a.m., the company said in a statement. Edson is about 200 kilometres west of Edmonton and about 160 km northeast of the B.C.-Alberta border.

“The pipeline incident did create a wildfire and so Alberta Wildfire, Yellowhead County and TC Energy are currently responding to the wildfire,” said Caroline Charbonneau, Alberta Wildfire information officer for the Edson forest area. 

The fire was considered out of control Tuesday afternoon, but an update by Alberta Wildfire posted at 7 p.m. stated the fire is now considered as being held.

“This means that given current weather conditions and resources, the wildfire is not anticipated to grow past expected boundaries,” the update said, noting the wildfire covered about 10 hectares.

Charbonneau said Tuesday afternoon that conditions are dry but firefighters are making good progress and currently there are no communities threatened by the fire.

Yellowhead County said in a statement that it “worked with the gas company to shut the pipeline in. There is no more leaking gas.”For now.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, the county said.Still investigating to give liar Danielle Smith the ability to blame arsonists? Trudeau?

TC Energy said the affected 4.5-kilometre section of the pipeline has been isolated and shut down.

“There are no reported injuries. Our primary focus right now is the health and safety of responding personnel, surrounding communities and mitigating risk to the environment,” the company said in a statement on its website.  

Alberta Wildfire is working with Yellowhead County and the company to fight the wildfire.

No injuries have been reported.

The Nova Gas Transmission Line network spans 24,494 kilometres, according to the TC Energy website. It connects natural gas production in B.C. and Alberta to domestic and export markets.

In April 2022, a natural gas leak from the pipeline in northwestern Alberta caught fire and was investigated by the Transportation Safety Board. The TSB released its investigation report into that incident in January, finding that the pipeline rupture was due to external corrosion. 

The TSB said in a statement Tuesday it would be deploying an investigator following the release and ignition of natural gas from the NOVA Gas pipeline.

Alberta wildfire sparked by natural gas line rupture under control, No more gas leaking from pipeline by Amanda Stephenson, The Canadian Press, Apr 17, 2024, CBC News

A wildfire in west-central Alberta that was sparked by a natural gas pipeline rupture is under control, but an investigation into what caused the pipeline to break could take months or even years.

As of Wednesday morning, there was very little fire activity left in Yellowhead County, where a 10-hectare fire burned on Tuesday about 40 kilometres northwest of Edson.

“But for it to be considered extinguished, we’re going to have to hot spot,” said Caroline Charbonneau, area information co-ordinator with Alberta Forestry and Parks.

“That means we’ll have to dig into the ground, look and feel for hot spots, and then douse it with water. And that could take several days.”

Natural gas pipeline ruptures

According to CER, there have been 12 natural gas pipeline ruptures in Canada since 2008, and Tuesday’s incident near Edson was the first rupture on that particular pipeline within that time period.

The 36-inch diameter pipe that ruptured is part of TC Energy’s NGTL pipeline system, which transports natural gas from Alberta and northeast B.C. to domestic and export markets. The system spans 24,631 kilometres and connects with TC Energy’s Canadian Mainline system, Foothills system and other third-party pipelines.

The NGTL pipeline system is like a web made up of different lines that have been developed in stages.

In 2022, there was a rupture on a separate part of the system that resulted in an explosion and fire near Fox Creek, Alta. There were no injuries.

A TSB investigation into that incident took more than 14 months, and concluded that the pipeline ruptured due to reduced pipe wall strength caused by external corrosion.

While the primary risk of a crude oil pipeline leak is an oil spill that harms the local ecosystem, natural gas pipeline ruptures can and do result in fires or explosionsI bet Big Oil Dildo Dani Smith argues only arsonists and Trudeau blow up oil and gas infrastructure and cause wildfires, said Bill Caram, executive director of the Pipeline Safety Trust, a U.S.-based non-profit organization.

“The chances are extremely high that a molecule of natural gas that enters a pipeline will go through that pipeline without a failure. Pipelines are quite safe, and when you look at incident rates compared to other modes of transportation like rail or truck, they are much less likely to have a failure,” Caram said.

Fires related to pipelines

The TSB’s most recent report on pipeline transportation safety in Canada states that in 2022 there were 100 companies transporting either oil or gas or both in the federally regulated pipeline system, which includes approximately 19,950 km of oil pipelines and approximately 48,700 km of natural gas pipelines.

That year, there were 67 pipeline transportation accidents and incidents on federally regulated pipeline systems, according to the report.

That number was well below the 10-year average of 112 occurrences, and was also the lowest number of occurrences since 2019, when 52 pipeline accidents or incidents were recorded by the TSB.

The TSB defines a pipeline “accident” as an incident that results in a person being injured or killed, a fire or explosion, or significant damage to the pipeline affecting its operation.

Less severe pipeline events that involve the uncontrolled release the new political way of saying leak, spill, venting … of a commodity or a precautionary or emergency shutdown are classified by the TSB as “incidents.”

There have been no fatal accidents directly resulting from the operation of a federally regulated pipeline system since the inception of the TSB in 1990.

Canada Energy Regulator responds to pipeline rupture on NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. Grande Prairie Mainline News Release by CER, April 16, 2024

CALGARY – The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) is responding to an incident involving TC Energy’s NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. Grande Prairie Mainline near Edson, Alberta. The affected section of the pipeline is currently shut in.

Preliminary information indicates that a 36” natural gas pipeline ruptured around 10:45 a.m. on April 16, 2024. The rupture caused a small wildfire on Crown land, which is being held. All TC Energy personnel working nearby were safely evacuated and there are no reported injuries. The company reported that it notified nearby communities, and there were no direct impacts to landowners or Indigenous communities. The company is working with local authorities and has activated its Emergency Response Plan.

CER inspectors will be onsite to monitor and assess the company’s immediate response and verify that all reasonable actions are being taken to protect workers, the public and the environment.

In an emergency, the CER works with the company and federal, provincial and territorial partners, as applicable, to coordinate the response. The CER’s priority in any emergency is to make sure that people are safe and that property and the environment are protected.

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Quick Facts

  • NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. owns the NGTL system, a natural gas gathering and transportation system in Alberta and northeastern British Columbia. NGTL transports natural gas produced in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin to markets in Canada and the United States.
  • The affected section of the 36-inch natural gas pipeline has been fully isolated.
  • Within the right-of-way, there are two other TC Energy pipelines, a 42-inch and a 48-inch, that remain operational at a reduced pressure.
  • TC Energy reported that there are no supply impacts because of the rupture.

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