Have you ever wondered if there are any transmission pipelines in your neighbourhood? With a network of about 117,000 kilometres across Canada, it’s entirely possible. As you read this, oil and natural gas products are travelling through transmission pipelines silently and safely from producing regions to markets – perhaps right underneath your feet.
In fact, because our members operate with a 99.999% safety record, many people never even notice the transmission pipelines around them.
But just because pipeline infrastructure has worked away quietly underground for decades doesn’t mean it’s a secret. CEPA and our members believe you have a right to know where the pipelines in Canada are and what they’re carrying.
It also includes a glossary so you can learn what happens at each of those facilities.
Because the map is built on the Google Map platform, it’s fully searchable. So you can enter an address, postal code, city or province to see where pipelines or facilities are located in that area. By clicking on an individual pipeline, you can find the following information:
One thing the map is not intended to do, is act as a professional locate service. If you’re going to be undertaking any kind of digging, construction or excavation work, you must always Call or Click Before You Dig to have any underground infrastructure near your project located and marked.
A leading cause of pipeline ruptures is people digging without checking first. By using a locate service you can play your part in avoiding those types of avoidable incidents.
Transparency and honesty is important to us, and in the interests of keeping Canadian’s informed, we will be adding incident information to the map later this winter.
We’re currently working on the best way to present this information, because incident reports can be confusing and misleading; an incident could be anything from a worker slipping and spraining an ankle, to a small fire in a meter station or a major pipeline spill. Without differentiating the type of incident, the numbers don’t mean much. The incident information on the map will be designed to help you see how many incidents have happened, and what type of incidents they were. Stay tuned for more on that.
Pipeline operators keep an eye on their pipelines 24/7. As an industry we’re working hard to be open and transparent about our operations, and the map is one way we’re able to provide easily accessible information about pipelines in your community.
You can check out the About Pipelines Map here.
The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate approximately 117,000 kilometres of pipelines in Canada. In 2014, these energy highways moved approximately 1.2 billion barrels of liquid petroleum products and 5.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Our members transport 97 per cent of Canada’s daily natural gas and onshore crude oil from producing regions to markets throughout North America.