Pipeline industry to collaborate on inaugural Joint Emergency Management Exercise

CALGARY, AB – 24 September 2014 – Today, member companies of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) will conduct the inaugural Joint Emergency Management Exercise in Edmonton. This exercise comes at a crucial time as industry’s practices and intentions are in the spotlight and pipeline companies are being challenged to demonstrate a commitment to safety.

This exercise is the first time CEPA member companies will test their ability to collectively respond to an emergency situation. It is the result of the industry’s commitment to continuous improvement in the areas of safety and environmental protection.

Last year, as part of the industry’s commitment to improve its strong record in pipeline safety, CEPA announced the Mutual Emergency Assistance Agreement (MEAA). This agreement formalizes an existing practice of companies lending critical resources to help each other in case of an emergency. While all pipeline operators must and do conduct their own emergency response drills, CEPA member companies have voluntarily chosen through MEAA, to formally work together and improve response capabilities by sharing resources and best practices during an emergency.

“Today’s exercise shows we are committed to increased transparency and shared best practices. It also demonstrates there is no competition when it comes to safety. Any incident is everyone’s incident. It’s that simple,” said CEPA President and CEO, Brenda Kenny.

This exercise highlights the efforts being made within the pipeline community to ensure there are comprehensive and well-tested plans in place to respond in the unlikely event of an incident. Lessons drawn from the exercise will be applied to ensure the industry becomes even safer and more responsive in the future.

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: aboutpipelines.com

For media inquiries, please contact: Courtney Massicotte, Communications Coordinator at 403 221 8751 or via email at cmassicotte@cepa.com.