We know that you have questions about pipelines: Where are they? How often are there significant incidents? What products do they carry?
These are fair questions. And given the way that pipelines are regulated in Canada, they’re not always the easiest to find answers to.
Every pipeline operated in Canada is regulated based on jurisdiction. Pipelines that cross provincial or international borders are regulated by the National Energy Board (NEB), and pipelines that operate within a province/territory fall under the provincial/territorial regulator’s authority.
All operators are responsible for reporting to regulators, including reporting incidents when they occur. Because regulators are responsible for different jurisdictions (they use slightly different measures for classifying incidents and present their information differently) it can get a little confusing trying to track down and sort through pipeline data in Canada.
Here we have gathered a few of the ways you can get pipeline data in Canada.
CEPA About Pipelines Map
The About Pipelines Map shows liquids and natural gas transmission pipelines and related facilities operated by full members of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.
The map includes information about any incident on a transmission pipeline or a related facility that has been reported to regulators dating back to 2008. This is an interactive way to see where pipelines are in your community (and across Canada) and access information on incidents that occurred on transmission pipelines in any Canadian province or territory.
National Energy Board (NEB)
The NEB has a lot of data on pipelines and pipeline incidents. They have recently launched an interactive tool that helps users sort and visualize that data. It presents information on NEB data dating back to 2008 and is updated quarterly. This tool includes data on incidents at NEB-regulated pipelines and facilities.
Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)
Of the 840,000 km of pipelines in Canada, 422,000 km of them are in Alberta. The AER regulates these pipelines, and has data on pipeline safety, industry performance and pipeline incidents in that province. They publish an annual Pipeline Performance report with all of that data, as well as an interactive compliance dashboard.
British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission (BC OGC)
The BC OGC regulates oil and gas activities in British Columbia, including exploration, development, pipeline transportation and reclamation. Their annual Pipeline Performance Summary includes data on types of pipelines, lengths, uses and overall pipeline incident rates in British Columbia.
Transportation Safety Board (TSB)
The TSB is an independent agency with a mandate to advance transportation safety in the marine, pipeline, rail and air modes of transportation. They have a watchlist that identifies key safety issues that need to be addressed to make Canada’s transportation system even safer, and publishes information on any investigations into incidents that are ongoing or complete.
This is just a brief summary of the organizations that collect and report pipeline data in Canada. CEPA also has an annual Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report, which reports on data collected from our members, and we try to answer as many questions that Canadians have about pipelines as possible. You can check out our current Q&A in the Your Questions section of our website, or submit questions that you would like answered.