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TransCanada Pipeline Explodes in Manitoba

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   |    Monday,January 27,2014

An explosion of a natural gas pipeline operated by TransCanada Corp occurred on Saturday, January 25 2014, near Otterburne, Manitoba, according to a report by Reuters.  No injuries were reported. 

Otterburne is approximately 25 km south of the provincial capital, Winnipeg.  The area around the explosion was evacuated as a precaution.

According to the NEB, the line has been shut down and depressurized in order to contain the fire.  This incident comes in the wake of increased scrutiny on pipeline operators following several high-profile incidents last year. 

"The natural gas explosion adds to concerns about TransCanada's safety record, just as it seeks approval this year for its Energy East oil export pipeline," said Gillian McEachern of the activist group Environmental Defence.

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