What are pipeline companies doing about climate change?

CEPA members have a number of strategies to reduce the production of greenhouse gases. Canada contributes less than two per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Canada’s transmission pipelines are responsible for just 1/100th (one per cent) of the country’s total emissions, and CEPA members are working to reduce those emissions every day.

What is the source of greenhouse gas emissions from pipelines?

Emissions mainly come from natural gas pipelines through burning fossil fuels at compressor stations, and methane (the main component of natural gas) from small leaks or maintenance activities. Here’s where the pipeline industry fits in the bigger picture.

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“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.)
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