4 things to know about emergency response equipment

Pipeline incidents are rare. However, in the unlikely event that an incident does occur, CEPA members are ready to respond quickly. That’s because they implement emergency preparedness plans, have agreements in place to access additional resources and expertise, and use specialized equipment to quickly contain and recover product that may have been released.

  1. It’s part of every emergency response plan. Every pipeline has a regulator-approved emergency response plan in place, and each plan includes its own lists of available emergency response equipment, ensuring operators have the right equipment available for the location, terrain and type of product.


  1. CEPA members belong to emergency response cooperatives. Organizations like Western Canadian Spill Services and Eastern Canada Response Corporation provide preparedness and response support services to CEPA members, including emergency response equipment. This ensures CEPA members have fast access to the best emergency response equipment. Watch this video to learn more about how WCSS places response units at strategic locations.


  1. CEPA members can request equipment and other support from other CEPA members. The Mutual Emergency Assistance Agreement formalizes an existing industry practice of CEPA members helping one another in an emergency. This agreement means knowledge, expertise, equipment and resources of all members are available to one another – because any operator’s incident is every operator’s incident.


  1. Specialized equipment enables effective response on land or water. CEPA members use a broad array of emergency response equipment so they can effectively respond to an incident, no matter the environment, release size or area. This includes containment and recovery units to wildlife deterrents to skimmers, which are used to contain oil in water. Employees and contractors participate in emergency preparedness training and exercises to ensure they are prepared to respond regardless of the situation.


Emergency response equipment is one aspect of pipeline operators’ overall emergency management plan to anticipate, prevent, manage and mitigate conditions if there is a pipeline incident.

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