Canada is home to some of the most stunning natural landscapes in the world. Canadians have a right to know what the pipeline industry is doing to protect this country’s land, water and wildlife. That’s why we asked you to send us your questions via Facebook about pipelines and the environment.
This week, our #PipelinesExposed post tackles a tough topic: emergencies. You want to know if they can be prevented, if we’re prepared and how we’ll respond. Here are honest answers to some of your questions.
“Two of the issues facing pipelines are ground movement and corrosion (from both the inside and outside). Two questions: How are you going to effectively monitor for these issues? What are your contingency plans for when the worst-case happens?” – Robert B.
Want to learn about some of the pipeline technologies Brenda mentioned? Check out this post.
“Say you have a breach in a length of pipeline somewhere in the heart of the Rockies, and for argument’s sake, let’s say the breach is in the most remote area of the pipeline route. How long until the breach is detected, how long until the oil flow is stopped due to a pressure drop and the activation of the safety valves, and how long until it can be repaired?” – Alex O. (Burnaby, B.C.)
Here’s where you can find more info on the Mutual Emergency Assistance Agreement Brenda mentioned (the program formalizes the practice of sharing resources between our member companies in the event of a major incident).
Plus, here’s some additional reading on the role control rooms play in monitoring and quickly responding to events on a pipeline.
“How can we be assured that a spill from a dilbit pipeline won’t take over five years to clean up?” – Scott R. (Whistler, B.C.)
If you would like to learn more about dilbit (i.e. diluted bitumen) in pipelines, here’s info on a U.S. National Academy of Sciences study which found the transportation of diluted bitumen to be no more corrosive than conventional crude.
Plus, we’ll share another post next week with answers to more of your questions.
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.