CEPA’s President reflects on the pipeline industry in 2019

In our final About Pipelines blog of the year, Chris Bloomer, President and CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), shares his thoughts on pipeline developments in 2019 and the future of the industry.

Energy Pipeline Industry 2019 Review


About Pipelines: Is the pipeline industry in a better position because of how things unfolded in 2019?


Chris Bloomer: The fact that the Trans Mountain Expansion Project was reapproved and is now officially under construction is a very positive outcome and a great step forward for the industry after a challenging and lengthy process.

Other major projects, such as TC Energy’s Keystone XL Pipeline, Enbridge Line 3, Coastal GasLink and LNG Canada, are moving forward. Through the year we also saw examples of real engagement with Indigenous communities on Enbridge Line 3, which set a high standard for what the industry needs to do to make progress. This momentum is positive because it will allow us to continue delivering energy in the safest and most responsible way for Canada and the world.


About Pipelines: What do you see as signals the pipeline industry is meeting its goal of continuous improvement?


Chris Bloomer: In 2019 CEPA’s members continued implementing our performance improvement program, CEPA Integrity First®. It brings the industry together with a view to continuously improving performance on safety, environment and socio-economic issues.

No incident is acceptable, and all CEPA members are committed to getting to our goal of zero incidents with Integrity First. To help us reach this goal, CEPA members hosted over 400 emergency response exercises in 2019.These exercises range in complexity from emergency drills to full-scale exercises and ensure CEPA members are prepared to respond quickly in case of an emergency.


About Pipelines: What would you say to those who question the future of oil and gas development?


Chris Bloomer: The future still needs oil and gas. In fact, our industry is one part of the answer for the challenge of climate change. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2018, global demand for natural gas will increase, replacing coal as the world’s second-largest energy source by 2030. Aside from natural gas being a lower emission fuel source, natural gas and petrochemicals are necessary for the infrastructure that’s needed for renewable energy. Natural gas also enables us to have a secure and reliable electrical system, so it will play a long-term role in the electricity grid.

Oil and gas will continue to play a role even as the world moves to less carbon intensive energy. We don’t have to argue about it. Instead, we need to do everything we can to reduce polarization, work together on finding solutions, and help people understand why pipelines continue to be part of the energy future.

About Pipelines blog thanks Chris Bloomer for his reflections on the pipeline industry in 2019 and wishes all readers a safe and happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year.