Pipelines still the safest way to transport energy

Making sure Canadians have accurate information about pipelines and energy is an important priority for the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA).

We aim to help Canadians build their knowledge about energy, so they’re fully equipped to make informed energy decisions. That was the foundation of our 2019 advertising campaign, called Shared Future. This week’s blog post, drawn from that campaign, focuses on safety… the highest priority for the pipeline industry.

We sometimes hear the comment that “there must be something better than pipelines” for transporting fuels. Clearly there are other options, including truck or train. However, pipelines are proven to be the safest way to move oil and natural gas.

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Pipelines provide Canadians the energy they need


The challenge in transporting fuels by means other than pipelines is the vast amounts of energy required for life in Canada. It takes a lot to fuel cars, travel by aircraft, heat our homes, cook meals, conduct agriculture, fuel fishing fleets and ferries, and so much more that we need to survive and thrive. For example, it would take 15,000 tanker trucks, or a train 6,300 rail cars long, to move the same amount of oil Canadian pipelines deliver daily. And, trains and trucks consume far more energy than what’s needed to operate pipelines. For the 16.1 billion cubic feet of lower-carbon natural gas Canada ships daily, pipelines are still the safest and most viable option. (Source: Natural Resources Canada)

Pipelines are simply the best way to get Canadians the energy they need.

In 2017, Canada’s 118,000-kilometre network of transmission pipelines moved 97 per cent of Canada’s natural gas and onshore crude oil production to the people who need it (the other three per cent was moved by rail or truck).


No incident or spill is acceptable to the industry


For the pipeline industry, no amount spilled is ever acceptable. That’s why the industry set a target of zero incidents and continuously works to improve pipeline safety and performance.

CEPA members collaborate to share best practices in the interest of creating the safest, most technologically advanced pipeline infrastructure in the world. They use the latest technology to deliver Canada’s oil and natural gas in the safest, most responsible way. And they continuously work together to improve what are already among the highest safety standards, and best safety records, in the world.

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