MEDFORD, Ore. — After local gas utility Avista announced that customers would need to conserve natural gas due to a pipeline rupture in British Columbia, Canada, experts believe that the same shortage could hit motorists at the gas pump as well.
Yes, you read that correctly. Even though the explosion near Prince George in British Columbia occurred along an Enbridge natural gas pipeline, the ripple effects of the resulting cut-off are likely to travel into the petroleum industry.
According to analysts at the company GasBuddy, oil refineries in Washington state rely on natural gas to "power portions of their facilities that produce gasoline, diesel and jet fuel."
Gas prices could jump in the Pacific Northwest due to a natural gas pipeline explosion. Our analysts are monitoring. https://t.co/gPLP0LkTnJ
— GasBuddy (@GasBuddy) October 10, 2018
The natural gas shortage itself affects customers throughout British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. But with oil refineries potentially laboring to produce gasoline at their usual rate, gas prices in the same region are likely to skyrocket.
GasBuddy claims that the duration of the price spike will depend on how long the Enbridge pipeline remains out of service, but it could be felt for the next week or two.
"Motorists are urged to only buy what fuel they need to limit the scope of the price increases," GasBuddy said in a statement.