Pipeline industry acknowledges federal budget’s continued support for responsible resource development

CALGARY, AB – 22 APRIL 2015 – The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) acknowledges the release of the federal budget containing measures which continue to reinforce the need for continued capacity for safety oversight and environmental protection by the National Energy Board (NEB) and ongoing funding for the Major Projects Management Office (MPMO).

“CEPA and its members support the federal government’s announcement to dedicate $80 million over five years to the NEB for safety, environmental protection and greater engagement with Canadians (cost recovered by industry). Well-funded regulators are important to ensure public confidence that operations on federally regulated pipelines will be managed to minimize impacts on local and regional resources. The NEB’s efforts to gain a better understanding of how to enhance pipeline safety and environmental protection aligns well with the transmission pipeline industry’s ongoing commitment to excellence in emergency response, pipeline safety and environmental protection as exemplified by CEPA Integrity First®,” says Brenda Kenny, President and CEO, CEPA.

Additional funding for the federal regulator was set to expire by the 2017-2018 fiscal year, and at a recent parliamentary committee appearance, CEPA publically supported the continuation of this funding for the NEB to fulfill its role of overseeing responsible resource development.

“The role of the NEB is vital to a highly responsible pipeline industry. CEPA and its members are well-served by having a strong regulator and we respect the role of the NEB as a critical component of a responsible industry. The NEB receiving continued funding allows it to meet obligations under its mandate as a regulator,” says Jim Donihee, COO, CEPA.

CEPA also supports increased funding to the MPMO to encourage streamlined, comprehensive and timely project approval to help support the building of critical infrastructure. “The MPMO is an important vehicle for the government to continue to focus on improving cross‐departmental efficiencies, and the potential to effect real change to support the government’s objective to improve approval effectiveness,” says Kenny.

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CEPA represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate about 130,000 kilometres of pipeline in Canada and the United States. Our members transport 97 per cent of Canada’s daily natural gas and onshore crude oil from producing regions to markets throughout North America. Visit us at: aboutpipelines.com.

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