Investigation begins after natural gas pipeline leak, fire reported in northwest Alberta

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating after a natural gas leaking from a pipeline in northwestern Alberta caught fire. 

No injuries were reported, investigators say

A federal investigation has begun after natural gas leaking from a pipeline in northwestern Alberta caught fire Thursday. 

A team of Transportation Safety Board (TSB) investigators is being deployed to the Nova Gas Transmission Line site near Fox Creek, Alta., a town about 260 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, stated a TSB news release on Friday.

"A natural gas leak and ignition was reported ... near Fox Creek," a spokesperson said in a statement to CBC News.

No injuries have been reported, TC Energy, the line's owner, said Friday afternoon.

TSB investigators were expected to arrive Friday, where they will document the scene, take photos and determine the next steps. They will also "meet with different parties involved in the occurrence," the statement said. 

A fire was reported in the area Thursday but it has since been extinguished, the Canada Energy Regulator said in a statement issued on social media. 

CER will also be sending inspection officers and emergency management staff to the scene, west of the town. They will monitor the incident as well as oversee the company's response, it said in its statement.

Any environmental damage that may have been caused will be investigated once CER staff have access to the site, the agency said.

In a statement, TC Energy said emergency management and response procedures are in place, the pipeline is isolated and the company is working with affected customers.

As a precaution, the company has notified regulators, local responders, nearby industrial operators and Indigenous communities, the statement says.

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


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