A natural gas pipeline, owned and operated by TransCanada PipeLines, suffered a rupture in west-central Alberta on 18 February.

The rupture, which did not caused any injuries, happened on the Ferrier North Lateral pipeline that is part of the company’s regional Nova system.

However, the affected pipeline has been shut down for safety reasons.

"The nearest home is located more than 500 meters away and TransCanada has been in regular contact with this landowner to ensure their continued safety," said the company spokesman Shawn Howard.

Commenting on the incident, the National Energy Board (NEB) said that the amount of sweet natural gas released by the rupture is yet to be known.

The board further said that its emergency response team has been deployed and will be onsite to monitor and assess the company’s immediate response.

TransCanada representatives are also on the ground securing and assessing the incident site.