By Chris MaitlandPublished Mar 15, 2018 11:40:47A pipeline is being shut down in British Columbia after a deadly fire in Alberta and a rupture in Alberta’s northern Okanagan, forcing the closure of more than two dozen pipeline sites in Canada’s largest oil-producing provinces.
The B.C. fire began in the Fort McMurray refinery in August and quickly spread to a number of other refineries, killing 47 people and destroying more than 1,100 homes.
The Alberta spill also left more than 2,100 people homeless.
A total of 738 of the 7,078 sites have been closed, according to Environment Canada.
In all, 7,811 are open.
A number of communities have also reported fuel spills in the region.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has been touring communities and saying her province is working to protect their homes and businesses from further damage.
“This fire is a very serious event, and we are doing everything in our power to ensure our communities are safe,” Notley said on Thursday.
“This is an emergency, and there will be no rest for the wicked.”
Fire Service says a massive explosion and fire broke out in a pipeline in Fort McMury, Alta., on Aug. 29, 2018.
(Photo: Courtesy of the Alberta Premier’s Office)The BCLF has been working closely with the province’s emergency response team to ensure the province is prepared for the worst and that the fire and firefighting efforts are effective.
The agency said Thursday that there have been no reported fatalities in the fires.
The fire and pipeline closure affects the entire province of B.K. in Alberta.
The pipeline ruptured about 200 kilometres south of Edmonton in the city of Fort McMurry.
“The province is not prepared to deal with this, and the people of the province have a right to be assured that the pipeline is closed to the public,” said David McDonough, a spokesperson for BCLP.
The province’s oil sands production and exports will be impacted by the closures.
The B.S. government has also closed five other oil sands pipelines and three natural gas pipelines.
In a statement, Alberta Premier Doug Horne said the closures will also affect the province of Saskatchewan.
“We are still working to determine the extent of the impact on our energy industry, and as a result, we will not be able to offer any additional information to the people and communities affected,” he said.
“There is no timeline for when the remaining pipelines will be reopened, but once we have more information, we’ll provide it to you.”
The fire that killed 47 people in Alberta, and destroyed more than 900 homes in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Edmonton, Ont., is the latest in a string of deadly oil-related fires that have rocked the oil-rich province.