Chemical leak shuts down Spectra Energy gas plant in northeastern B.C.

The leak is the second emergency incident in as many weeks at the Chetwynd, B.C., plant.

The leak is the second emergency incident in as many weeks at plant, near Chetwynd, B.C.

A chemical leak shut down a Spectra Energy gas processing plant in northeastern B.C. (Spectra Energy)

A hazardous chemical leak has forced the shut down of gas plant in northeastern B.C. 

Spectra Energy's vice-president of external affairs, Gary Weilinger, says the company shut down its Pine River gas plant near Chetwynd after it released a chemical called amine on Thursday.

Amine is a solvent used to process natural gas. It's corrosive and can irritate or burn skin, eyes, and lungs. 

There are no reports of injury. 

"Plant personnel shut down the plant. We're still assessing the full root cause," said Weilinger. "We're doing a full review of what happened."

It's the second recent emergency incident at the plant.

Two weeks ago, 40 workers were evacuated to muster stations after a hydrogen sulphide leak. Nearby residents were also notified of the incident. 

Weilinger says the National Energy Board has issued an inspection order, and the plant will re-open once safety is assured, preventative measures are in place, and the regulator's order has been lifted.

With files from Betsy Trumpener


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