TransCanada Pipelines paying compensation after explosion
More than 800 Manitobans have been compensated by TransCanada Corporation after an explosion near Otterburne in January.
TransCanada spokesman Davis Sheremata said satellite offices were set up in three locations — in Niverville, St. Malo and St. Pierre-Jolys — days after the explosion. People affected by the blast were able to file claims for heaters, blankets, hotel stays, insulation and fuel.
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"In the vast majority of cases we were able to cut a cheque on the spot and reimburse people directly. And the claims have ranged in size from $10 or $20 dollars into the hundreds," Sheremata said, adding that so far, tens of thousands of dollars have been paid out.
People can still file claims by email or telephone.
"Get us the documentations and we are paying them out as quickly as possible," he said.
More than 3,000 homes and businesses were left without natural gas after the explosion on Jan. 25.