Canadian electric utility FortisBC Inc. informed customers Dec. 17 that an Enbridge Inc. natural gas transmission pipeline that ruptured in British Columbia has returned to 85% of its normal operating capacity and they can resume regular usage.
FortisBC urged customers to "conserve energy wherever possible" after the Oct. 9 incident, which limited supply to 50% to 80% of usual levels.
"Thanks to your conservation efforts, coupled with Enbridge's pipeline returning to 85% operating capacity, mild winter weather and our healthy storage levels, BC's natural gas supply outlook is more optimistic," the Fortis Inc. unit said in a statement on its website.
FortisBC also said its customers will see an interim increase to their bills as a result of the pipeline rupture. FortisBC serves about 1 million gas customers in the province.
Enbridge shut down the natural gas transmission pipeline near Prince George, British Columbia, after it ruptured Oct. 9, causing a fire and the evacuation of about 100 members of the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation community.