DAILY NEWS Aug 14, 2014 10:50 AM - 0 comments

Earthquake shuts down Alberta gas plant briefly

Keyara Corp.'s Strachan gas plant flared off excess gas when it lost power, but there was no damage.

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By: The Canadian Press

Rocky Mountain House, AB — The ground rumbled in Alberta on Aug 9 as the strongest earthquake the province has seen in over a decade hit an area west of Red Deer. Natural Resources Canada reported the 4.3 magnitude quake near Rocky Mountain House, AB.

It said there were no reports of damage, and that none would be expected from a quake that size.

Power was disrupted to about 500 customers, including a gas plant near Rocky Mountain House.

AltaLink spokesperson Scott Schreiner said a substation in the area locked out to prevent a surge or other damage on the system, and that power was restored about two hours later. Keyara Corp., which operates the Strachan gas plant, said the facility flared off excess gas when it lost power, but there was no damage. Julie Puddell, a spokesperson for Keyara, said the gas was flared as a safety measure. She said Alberta Environment was contacted for air quality monitoring.

Ted Hickey, the director of community and protective services for Clearwater County, said there was no risk to the public during the flaring.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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