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Natural gas shortage easing, garbage pickup resuming

Waste Management truck (KOMO Photo)

SEATTLE - Garbage and recycling pickup will resume for customers in much of King and Snohomish Counties whose service was cancelled Thursday because of the Enbridge natural gas pipeline explosion in British Columbia.

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Waste Management said the blast disrupted the supply for the company's trucks, which run on natural gas. Both Puget Sound Energy and Cascade Natural gas received some of their gas supplies from the affected pipeline and asked for customers to conserve gas usage until the situation cleared.

That began to happen Thursday morning when Enbridge was allowed to reopen part of their pipeline network, allowing some natural gas delivery to resume.

Both PSE and Cascade announced Thursday morning that the shortage had eased and customers could resume regular use of natural gas, and Waste Management announced garbage and recycling would resume as well.

The Enbridge natural gas pipeline erupted around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, sending flames and smoke shooting into the sky and shutting down the pipeline about 600 miles northeast of Vancouver, B.C. The area around the pipeline was briefly evacuated, but most residents have since been allowed to return home and there have been no reports of any injuries. Officials are still looking into the cause of the explosion.

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