Why teach young people about pipelines?

TransCanada's Youth Energy Safe program

TransCanada’s Brianne Bartman, a public awareness coordinator, teaches a class of Grade 5 students at Calgary’s Langevin School about pipeline safety and underground utilities.

Third-party damage to pipelines is one of the most common causes of incidents. That’s why pipeline companies work to educate the public on how to prevent, recognize and respond to pipeline damage.

TransCanada Corporation, one of CEPA’s member companies, recently launched a new school program called Youth Energy Safe to deliver this important safety information to children and teens.

“We have pipelines and facilities across North America, so it’s important to educate all our stakeholders – no matter what age – to ensure the safety of our communities,” said Michelle Wagner, program manager of public awareness for TransCanada.

Pipeline education is about safety          

Preventing pipeline damage is a shared responsibility between operators and the public. Educating young people about underground utilities, such as pipelines, helps ensure they learn early that unsafe activities could cause harm.

Check out this video of Brianne Bartman, a public awareness coordinator with TransCanada, teaching children at Calgary’s Langevin School about underground utility safety.

The students learned to:

TransCanada's Youth Energy Safe programPlus, Bartman let them try a line-location device for themselves.

“The lesson is really (about) being able to understand what the markers are there for. And then (the device is) just an interactive tool that makes it better learning for the kids,” said Wagner.

“Anytime kids get to experience something and work through things, it just cements that information back into their minds,” said Carole Ware, a fifth-grade teacher at Langevin School.

Educating kids about pipelines teaches them to be safe and aware around this critical infrastructure and can also help get damage-prevention information out to grown-ups.

“We are hoping that the messages are delivered at home and are delivered throughout the whole community,” said Wagner.

Pipelines, energy and science 

Pipeline education is about safety. But it’s also about science. By learning how energy works and how it is delivered, young people will better understand the world they live in.

“These are science-minded children, so they are interested in all aspects of the natural world and also of the careers that happen in science,” said Ware.

Let’s learn about pipelines

CEPA’s goal is to educate Canadians about pipelines. Learn more by exploring our website or connect with us on Twitter and Facebook, where we answer your questions about the pipeline industry.

Learn more about how you can prevent pipeline damage here.


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.