Pipeline industry supports federal government changes to Pipeline Safety Act

CALGARY, AB – 8 DECEMBER 2014 – CEPA acknowledges the proposed changes to the Pipeline Safety Act as announced today by the Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, the Honourable Greg Rickford. Amendments to the Act to enhance pipeline safety and performance align well with the transmission pipeline industry’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement.

 

“The proposed amendments demonstrate common ground between the federal government and the pipeline industry to our commitment to world class pipeline safety through comprehensive prevention, preparedness and response, and liability measures,” says Brenda Kenny, president and CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.

 

Through the proposed amendments, the government reinforces the need to secure commitment to the polluter-pay principles and to work more effectively and proactively with Aboriginal communities throughout various aspects of a pipeline project. CEPA acknowledges that the proposed enhanced NEB authority around spill response will further instill public confidence in how emergencies on federally regulated pipelines are managed. The pipeline industry encourages strong, independent regulatory oversight of its activities.

 

“The announcement supports the transmission pipeline industry’s commitment to excellence in emergency response, pipeline safety and environmental protection exemplified by CEPA Integrity First®, says Kenny. “As part of the CEPA Integrity First program, our member companies work together to share and apply best practices, research and technological innovations with the overall aim to drive continuous improvement of the industry and reach zero incidents.”

 

CEPA members continue to demonstrate a strong track record of addressing the risks to the environment and to public safety through policies, training and specialized capabilities that promote prevention, a culture of safety, emergency response capacity and a commitment to restoration following a spill. CEPA members also abide by the Mutual Emergency Assistance Agreement that outlines a commitment to assist each other in the event of a significant emergency within the member companies.

 

CEPA represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate about 130,000 kilometres of pipeline in Canada and the United States. These energy highways moved approximately 1.2 billion barrels of liquid petroleum products and 5.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas last year. Our members transport 97 per cent of Canada’s daily natural gas and onshore crude oil from producing regions to markets throughout North America.

 

For additional information on the Canadian pipeline industry, please visit our website: www.aboutpipelines.com. For media inquiries, please contact: Courtney Massicotte, Communications Coordinator at 403-221- 8751 or via email at cmassicotte@cepa.com.