Watch how it works: Pipeline emergency response equipment

CEPA’s members spent more than $1.4 billion on pipeline safety in 2013 because the number one priority of the pipeline industry is to prevent incidents and to be prepared to quickly and effectively respond if an emergency occurs.

These videos, from the CEPA Joint Emergency Management Exercise on Sept. 24, will give you an insider’s look at the specialized equipment used to recover and contain oil if a pipeline leaks. The equipment shown belongs to the Western Canadian Spill Services (WCSS), whose members (pipeline companies, oil and gas companies) pay into this cooperative to ensure they have fast access to the best emergency response equipment.

Tour an Oil Spill Containment and Recovery unit

In this video, Doug Gibson, an instructor at WCSS, explains the role his organization plays in emergency response and gives a tour of an Oil Spill Containment And Recovery (OSCAR) unit – a trailer that is fully stocked at all times with the equipment needed to respond to a leak.

Watch how a leak is contained in water

Gibson explains how skimmers, booms, dams and gates are used to recover and contain oil if a spill occurs in water. In order for emergency response to be most effective, specialized equipment is chosen based on environmental factors such as water depth.

Rapid response: Equipment at the ready

In order to get important equipment to the location of a leak quickly, WCSS has response units ready at strategic locations throughout its jurisdiction. Gibson shows where containment and recovery equipment is waiting and ready.

Why cooperation matters

The equipment in these videos was displayed at CEPA’s Joint Emergency Management Exercise. The emergency management drill was organized by CEPA’s members to test the Mutual Emergency Assistance Agreement (MEAA), which allows any one of CEPA’s member companies to ask for assistance and resources from another member company in the event of a major incident.

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.