On Saturday, June 18, the Pipeline Safety Act, or Bill C-46, came into effect. It was a big day for Canadian transmission pipeline companies, because it represents a major step in our bid to build public trust.
CEPA supports the Act, and has been collaborating with Natural Resources Canada to help establish in law the ‘polluter pays’ model, which the transmission pipeline industry has been following for decades. After all, it makes sense that any company, whose operations could pose a risk to the environment, or to human health and safety, should take full responsibility for that risk.
We are confident that most of our members are already taking most of the safety precautions required by the Act, but it’s a way for us to demonstrate to the public that safety and environmental protection is a top priority.
The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate approximately 119,000 kilometres of pipelines in Canada. In 2015, 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.