CEPA Introduces Industry Orientation Program for Land Representatives

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) is pleased to announce a collaborative and cohesive undertaking, the Canadian Land Representatives Industry Orientation for Federally Regulated Pipelines (Land Representatives Industry Orientation).

“CEPA and its member companies firmly believe that with a mutual understanding and responsibility between landowners and companies, many potential concerns can be avoided,” said Brenda Kenny, President and CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.

CEPA member companies have chosen to take additional steps to ensure land representatives are familiar with the pipeline industry and are able to present information to the public in a consistent and accurate manner during the lifecycle of a project.

“Landowners have requested more respectful, consistent and transparent interactions with company representatives. Positive communication and open dialogue are critical to ensuring good relationships,” Kenny stated. “With this orientation program, the industry has publicly outlined and established a common set of principles and values.”

The orientation program includes tools and documents land representatives engaging with landowners within the CEPA membership will be required to read, accept and understand. These documents include a Code of Conduct, an Industry Orientation Module, the completion of a professional ethics course and an Acceptance Agreement.

Training will begin in April, 2014. All land agents will receive training by December 31, 2014. It is CEPA’s intention to implement a similar program for provincially regulated pipelines.

Federally-regulated CEPA member companies include Alliance Pipeline Ltd., Enbridge Pipelines Inc., TransCanada Keystone Pipeline Limited, Kinder Morgan Canada, Pembina Pipelines, Plains Midstream Canada ULC, Spectra Energy Transmission West, TransCanada PipeLines Limited, and Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc.

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The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate approximately 115,000 kilometres of pipelines in Canada. Our members transport 97 per cent of Canada’s daily natural gas and onshore crude oil from producing regions to markets primarily throughout North America.  In 2012, these energy highways moved approximately 1.2 billion barrels of liquid petroleum products and 5.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, which amounted to approximately 22% of Canada’s mercantile trade.

For more information on the Canadian Land Representatives Industry Orientation for Federally Regulated Pipelines, please click here: www.cepa.com/land-representatives-industry-orientation or visit our website at www.aboutpipelines.com.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Courtney Massicotte, Communications Coordinator, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

403.221.8751, cmassicotte@cepa.com