Pipeline companies focus on preventing releases from happening in the first place. CEPA members ensure the integrity of their pipelines by protecting the pipeline against corrosion, doing regular maintenance, surveilling, conducting thorough inspections and monitoring from highly-sophisticated control centres.
In the unlikely event of an emergency, CEPA members are prepared. Every pipeline operator has a thorough and sophisticated emergency management program that enables them to anticipate potential situations, manage risks and respond effectively during an emergency.
Experts in emergency management create emergency response plans for every pipeline.
Emergency response plans outline exactly what needs to happen to effectively manage an emergency:
Pipeline operators have crews on standby who are prepared to quickly respond in case of an emergency. Emergency equipment is also strategically placed along the pipeline route, so it can be easily accessed. Pipeline operators have access to Oil Spill Containment and Recovery (OSCAR) units, which are pre-packed in semi-trailers for immediate transport.
There are a variety of OSCAR units available to address different types of emergencies.
In 2013, all CEPA members committed to a Mutual Emergency Assistance Agreement (MEAA) to strengthen their emergency response. This agreement formalizes and legalizes an already existing practice – members can call on other members anytime for assistance during an emergency, including requests for personnel, equipment, tools or specialized response advice.
Any and all members can be brought in to assist in an emergency.
Every pipeline operator holds regular training exercises to prepare their team to respond to emergencies. Teams are drilled in different emergency situations to ensure if an incident happens, the response is fast, coordinated and effective. In addition, all CEPA members participated in a joint emergency response exercise to practice enacting MEAA and coordinating a response.
If an incident occurs, pipeline operators are ready.
To reduce the number of incidents caused by unauthorized digging, CEPA members have comprehensive damage prevention programs to increase awareness about working safely around underground infrastructure. This includes working with other underground infrastructure operators and governments on Call/Click Before You Dig programs.
One quick call or click, and technicians will come and mark the location of pipelines for free.