4 pipeline milestones from 2016

What a year we had in 2016! Once again we had the opportunity on this blog to learn about new technologies, and to find out about the amazing work Canada’s transmission pipeline operators are doing to make pipelines safer and more sustainable.

We wrote about a lot of exciting developments during the year, and it’s hard to pick the most important ones – but here are four that will definitely have a huge impact on our industry:

#1 The International Pipeline Conference

Pipeline professionals, engineers and scientists gathered to talk about leadership and innovation and to share insights into the future of the industry. Among other things, we saw that the importance of communication and sustainability is a key focus for our industry.

#2 Pipeline Inspector Certification

CEPA has been working with the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and the INGAA Foundation, to develop a pipeline inspector certification program. The program will provide a consistent framework for inspector training programs across North America.

#3 Fire Chiefs Memorandum of Understanding

Even though we strive for constant improvement in pipeline safety, it’s still important that we prepare for emergencies. With that in mind, CEPA signed a memorandum of understanding with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs to provide training for first responders in the event of a pipeline spill.

#4 The Pipeline Safety Act

In June 2016, the polluter pays model came into full effect with the passing of Bill C-46, or the Pipeline Safety Act. It’s a huge step toward building public trust for Canada’s transmission pipeline operators, as it ensures that companies are held 100 per cent liable for spills on their right-of-ways.

You can learn more about these key developments in the following blog posts:

We hope you enjoyed these posts, and the others we shared during 2016. We’re looking forward to another exciting year of innovation and progress – so stay tuned as we continue to share.

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.