Sunday, February 20, 2011
Several hundred nearby residents were forced from their homes, but the fire burnt itself out after a few hours. TransCanada's crew, which arrived on scene within an hour of the OPP, advised that the danger zone was within 1 km of the pipeline. Reports say that the National Energy Board (NEB) is sending two inspectors from Calgary to investigate the scene.
In September, 2009, less than 18 months ago, another section of a TransCanada gas pipeline exploded near Englehart, Ontario. Witnesses to that explosion described the sound of a jumbo jet crash. The 2009 rupture happened on the 36 inch diameter main line.