[Video] #PipelinesExposed: Can companies really prevent leaks?

This is the third post in our four part #PipelinesExposed video series. 

Are pipelines safe from earthquakes? Does aging pipeline infrastructure need to be replaced? Are we certain there will never be a leak?

Canadians are very concerned about pipeline incidents and want to know if companies can actually prevent them. In this post, CEPA’s former president and CEO, Brenda Kenny, gives you honest answers.

Over the last few weeks on our blog (and YouTube), Brenda has answered environmental questions sent to us via Facebook. She’s responded to concerns on a range of topics from non-renewable energy to emergencies in remote areas.

This week, she answers your questions about preventing pipeline leaks. 

Your questions about preventing pipeline incidents

#PipelinesExposed: Your question

“How are you 100 percent positive there will never be a leak or burst?” – Nadine M.

Between 2002 and 2013, 99.9995 per cent of liquid product transported by pipelines was moved safely. Find out what the industry is doing to make that number 100 per cent by driving towards zero incidents through collaboration and continuous improvement. 

#PipelinesExposed: Your question 

“Is this pipeline being built with swaying joints to prevent breakage should an earthquake occur?” – Tony R. (Cambridge, Ont.)

Learn how technology is helping pipeline companies identify and monitor geological risks, such as seismicity.

#PipelinesExposed: Your comment

“We must build anew and replace all of the aging infrastructure so it does not leak.” – Bruce F. (London, Ont.)

Watch how in-line inspection tools help companies know if a pipeline needs to be repaired or replaced.

Looking for more answers about pipelines?

Check out the first two posts in our #PipelinesExposed series.

Plus, in our final #PipelinesExposed post next week, we’ll address your concerns about risks to pipelines such as terrorist attacks and hackers.

Want to uncover the truth?

Still have questions about pipelines and the environment? Ask us! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and use the hashtag #PipelinesExposed.


The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate approximately 115,000 kilometres of pipelines in Canada. In 2013, these energy highways moved approximately 1.2 billion barrels of liquid petroleum products and 5.3 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.