Line Break on TransCanada's Alberta System Pipeline

At approximately 7 a.m. MST, a natural gas pipeline break and resulting fire occurred on TransCanada's Alberta System, approximately 20 kilometers southwest of the communities of Valleyview and the Sturgeon Lake First Nation.

This is the second line break in the area in less than 24 hours. The first line break occurred approximately 15 km downstream of this incident at approximately 5:45 p.m. MST, Dec. 1, about 30 km southwest of the community of Little Smokey. The incident sites are about 90 and 110 km southeast of Grande Prairie.

TransCanada immediately activated its emergency response plan to isolate damaged sections of pipelines and allow the natural gas fires to burn themselves out. No injuries have been reported as a result of either incident. The extent of the damage to our system has not yet been determined.

Some shippers were impacted as a result of yesterday's break; however, there are no further impacts as a result of this second incident. Deliveries of gas to local communities have not been impacted as a result of either incident.

The appropriate authorities have been notified and TransCanada personnel are at both incident sites to begin inspections and determine the extent of damage. It is expected that the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board will respond to the events of this morning.

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