Myth vs Fact

There are a lot of myths about transmission pipelines that can cause misunderstanding and confusion. Part of our role is to clarify these myths.

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Myth: Who pays if there’s a pipeline spill? We do – not you.
Myth: Pipeline retirement is common
Myth: Landowners don’t have a say in pipeline retirement
Myth: Retired natural gas and liquids pipelines are full of product that will contaminate the ground
Myth: If pipelines are taken out of service because they are no longer needed (retired), the costs and risks associated with the abandoned pipeline falls to the owner of the land where the pipeline is located
Myth: A pipeline can be “abandoned”
Myth: Hydrostatic testing is the only way to test pipeline integrity
Myth: Canada’s pipeline regulations are not strong enough
Myth: Pipeline companies run their pipelines at dangerously high pressure to reduce their operating costs
Myth: Diluted bitumen from the oil sands is harder to clean up if it spills from a pipeline
Myth: Oil sands crude is more corrosive than other types of crudes and can cause damage to pipelines
Myth: All pipelines corrode
Myth: Canada’s pipelines are old and deteriorating, increasing the risk of spills
Myth: No one is watching for pipeline leaks
Myth: Pipeline companies don’t value Aboriginal knowledge
Myth: Pipeline companies cut corners in areas such as safety to make more money
Myth: Pipeline companies do not take responsibility for their spills
Myth: Irreparable environmental damage from pipeline spills is inevitable
Myth: Pipeline spills happen all the time
Myth: Renewable energy development conflicts with the interests of pipeline companies
Myth: Pipelines are unsafe
Myth: Pipeline operators don’t protect Canada’s wildlife, forests, waterways or land
Myth: The pipeline industry doesn’t care about climate change