LNG Spill On Highway 1 Prompts Evacuation

August 29, 2016

A semi trailer truck powered by liquefied natural gas rolled over on Highway 1 this morning, closing the highway in both directions.

The truck is leaking liquefied natural gas and officials and response personnel from the Popkum Volunteer Fire Department, RCMP, BC Ministry of the Environment, and FortisBC are on the scene to address the situation.

Emergency response personnel are currently planning a controlled release of the liquefied natural gas in order to facilitate the safe removal of the transport truck.

Although there is minimal risk with this controlled release, as a precaution emergency officials are now in the process of evacuating residents and businesses within approximately 650m of the spill site [PDF - 1.3 MB].

During this process, a white vapour cloud may be visible in the area for period of up to 40 minutes in duration. 

Travellers, residents, and others affected may follow www.fvrd.ca or on the regional district’s Facebook and Twitter channels for updates.