The electricity and gas company FortisBC is asking British Columbians to turn down their thermostats and reduce natural gas use on other appliances following Tuesday's gas line explosion near Prince George.
Municipalities like Victoria and Saanich also turned the heat down in their facilities and the University of Victoria is taking it a step further - it shut off its natural gas completely and switched to a backup diesel system.
McTeague said the duration of the spike in prices will depend on the length of time the pipeline is out of service.
The UBC bulletin says although gas use should still be restricted, "UBC buildings that use natural gas for heating, hot water and cooking are no longer expected to be impacted".
"It sounded like a jet engine".
"I just heard it at the start", added Teegee.
"We ask all students, staff, and faculty please anticipate chilly mornings and evenings and to dress warmly - including gloves, hats, and coats where necessary".
Island Health spokeswoman Meribeth Burton, Island hospitals should not be affected.
FortisBC is urging its customers to conserve after an explosion and fire on the pipeline that supplies most of the natural gas to the province.
"We can advise the fire on the pipeline has been extinguished, the line has been isolated and fully depressurized, Barnes said".
Homebuilders are not expecting to feel any impact unless a shortage becomes a long-term problem.
FortisBC has approximately one million gas customers and it is estimated that about 70% of the customers have the potential to lose gas supply. "It's one of the ways of addressing the high cost of owning a home in Victoria".
Enbridge earlier said it was maintaining a 1 km (0.6 mile) evacuation zone around the site and was working with regulators on investigating the cause of the incident.
It damaged the company's primary natural gas pipeline linking the Fort Nelson area to Vancouver and south to another 750,000 customers in the northwest United States.
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.