Incidents on Canada’s pipeline systems are extremely rare. But no industry is completely risk-free; that’s why pipeline companies are prepared for quick and effective emergency response in the unlikely event an incident does occur.
May 5 to 11, 2019 is Emergency Preparedness Week, a national awareness initiative taking place annually since 1996. It aims to focus Canadians on becoming better prepared to face a range of emergencies. Today we look at the ways pipeline companies collaborate with each other to prevent, prepare for or respond to emergencies.
A 2015 study by the Fraser Institute concluded that pipelines are, without a doubt, the safest way to transport oil and gas. That study focused on the number of occurrences or accidents per million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) transported. The industry wants to make pipelines even safer than the current safety record of 99.999 per cent – Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) members have a target of zero incidents.
Canadian regulators require all pipeline companies operating in Canada to have detailed emergency response plans (ERPs). These comprehensive plans outline all the necessary steps and decisions required to manage a pipeline emergency. In their quest for zero incidents, pipeline companies cooperate and collaborate at levels that are rare in the business world. Here are three examples of how they work together.
The thoroughness and dedication with which pipeline companies prepare for emergencies leave little to chance. CEPA members know even one small incident can have a ripple effect on the entire industry, with impacts to people and the environment. Incidents also erode trust from communities, shareholders, regulators and other constituents. That’s why CEPA members are equally focused on preventing emergencies from ever occurring.
Learn more about how pipeline companies prepare for emergencies: