Fiery natural gas pipeline rupture west of Edmonton prompts Alberta Wildfire response

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Fiery natural gas pipeline rupture west of Edmonton prompts Alberta Wildfire response

A wildfire sparked Tuesday after a pipeline ruptured west of Edmonton, sending up a large plume of flames and smoke that was visible from many kilometres away.

It happened in Yellowhead County, where several gas plants and gas wells are in the region, with the pipeline in question operated by TC Energy. The fire was visible from a considerable distance, including along Highway 16.

The energy company said it responded to a pipeline rupture involving the NGTL natural gas system approximately 40 kilometres northwest of Edson in Yellowhead County.

“TC Energy received notification about this incident at approximately 11 a.m. MT and immediately activated our emergency response procedures,” a statement said, adding the company was co-ordinating with first responders.

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