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Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes Near Otterburne

The TransCanada natural gas pipeline that travels through the RM of De Salaberry, only a few kilometers from the Providence campus, exploded at approx. 1:05 a.m. Saturday morning. Emergency crews were still on the scene Saturday morning as the fire continued to burn itself off. Investigators from TransCanada are still investigating the cause of the explosion at this time but they can confirm the fire was extinguished by 2 p.m. Saturday.

The natural gas pipeline that serves Providence will be off for the next few days. Because of our biomass boiler, we will have heat in the academic building and the women’s dorm. The men’s dorm is electric. The Student Life Centre is geothermal. Electric heaters are being brought into the Four-Plex buildings. There are also some homes on campus that will require alternative sources of heat. Community officials have informed Providence to prepare for up to 5 days without access to natural gas.

Inquiries may be directed to our switchboard, at 204-433-7488 or email

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Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada, R0A 1G0
Phone: (204) 433-7488 or (800) 668-7768
Fax: (204) 433-7158
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