B.C. pipeline rupture halts trash service to many Eastside cities

Waste Management fleet without fuel; PSE has urged customers to reduce consumption.

Garbage, recycling and compost collection services for Waste Management customers in King and Snohomish counties will be suspended indefinitely as of today after a natural gas pipeline ruptured in British Columbia.

The pipeline rupture interrupted natural gas deliveries for Puget Sound Energy which the agency uses for its collection trucks. It is unknown how long the disruption will last. The Eastside cities of Kirkland, Redmond, Snoqualmie and unincorporated King and Snohomish counties are affected.

According to The Herald, a sister publication of the Reporter, the pipeline exploded on Tuesday (Oct. 9) evening. Puget Sound Energy uses fuel from the pipeline and asked customers on social media Wednesday (Oct. 10) to conserve natural gas and electricity. PSE has about 800,000 customers in the Puget Sound area and services the metropolitan Eastside.

However, as of Thursday afternoon (Oct. 11) PSE said the system had stabilized and its power grid was returning to normal operations. Customers may resume regular gas usage. There was no loss of electric or natural gas service resulting from the explosion, a press release from PSE said.

The Enbridge pipeline exploded about 600 miles northeast of Vancouver, B.C. It connects to the Northwest Pipeline system which runs through Puget Sound to Portland. No injuries were reported, but the explosion forced some 100 members of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation from their homes, The Herald reported.

This story will be updated as more information become available.

More in News

State Supreme Court strikes down death penalty

All nine justices found the use of capital punishment in Washington state unconstitutional and racially biased.

B.C. pipeline rupture halts trash service to many Eastside cities

Waste Management fleet without fuel; PSE has urged customers to reduce consumption.

Kirkland Fire Department receives pet oxygen mask donation

The equipment can save the lives of pets suffering from smoke inhalation.

Reporter file photo
UPDATE: Man charged with assault after attacking NU security

Elizjah White is charged with two counts of assault after attacking two security guards.

Incarcerated and infirmed: How Northwest Detention Center is failing sick inmates

Inadequate medical care plagues immigrants at facility, but ICE claims otherwise

Neighbors worried about Continental Divide impacts

The project would construct more than 130 apartments in Rose Hill.

Suspect holds knife to victim’s stomach, arrested | Police blotter

The Kirkland police blotter for Sept. 27 through Oct. 2.

Kirkland City Council reviews Totem Lake Park design

Due to budget constraints, the city will explore alternative locations for the planned sprayground.

Most Read