environmental protection Tag

December 14, 2016

The Fisheries Act and pipelines: 3 things you should know

The federal government is currently undertaking a review of Canada’s environmental and regulatory processes. In earlier posts on this blog we have explored the reviews of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the Navigation Protection Act. This week we are taking a look at the review of the Fisheries Act. Here are three things you…
November 30, 2016

Is technology enough to protect a 100-year old pipeline?

Canada’s first transmission pipeline was built in 1853. While it’s been many decades since that particular pipeline was in operation, we do have pipelines that have been in service for 50 years or more, and many people wonder if that’s a cause for concern. After all, we have oil and gas reserves that will continue…
November 23, 2016

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and pipelines: 4 things you should know

In an earlier post on this blog we talked about the federal government’s upcoming review of Canada’s environmental and regulatory processes, specifically, the Navigation Protection Act. This week we’re taking a look at the upcoming review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA). Here are four things you should know about CEAA and pipelines: #1…
November 16, 2016

Ground movement measurements and pipelines: how satellites are providing early warning

With transmission pipelines buried safely underground, they’re largely protected from potential damage. But, as we’ve seen in previous blog posts, pipeline operators still have to protect against such issues as corrosion, unauthorized digging, floods and more. Some dangers, though, are less obvious and harder to anticipate, such as geohazards, which include gradual ground movement of…
November 9, 2016

Pipeline FAQs: your questions answered

Canadians want to know whether pipelines are safe, and whether we truly need new ones. Those are important questions, and we believe that a free, open exchange of information is the only way to answer Canadians’ concerns. On the Questions Page of our website, we invite you to post your questions or concerns so that…
November 2, 2016
Pipeline Employee Shortfall

How young pipeliners are shaping the future of the energy industry

In previous posts on this blog, we’ve met some of the young professionals in the pipeline industry, and learned about their jobs, their passions and their motivations. This week we’re going to take a broader look at why young people choose to pursue a career in pipelines, and how they are shaping the future of…
October 31, 2016

How closely are pipelines monitored? Is there daily visual or aerial inspections of all pipeline routes? Are there pressure and flow meters along all lines hooked up to valves that can automatically close if there is a sudden drop in pressure or flow from the readings further up the lines?

Transmission pipelines are monitored 24/7 from control rooms using software that gathers critical information from the pipeline. Pipeline operators use a wide range of tools to monitor pipelines constantly - sensors that monitor temperature, flow rate and pressure, fiber optics, video cameras, in-line inspection tools, aerial surveillance and even people walking the pipeline right-of-way. These…
October 12, 2016

Can First Nations communities and pipeline companies work together?

Did you know that more than 3.5 million hectares of land in Canada is First Nations land?  These reserve lands have been set aside under the Indian Act and treaty acts, and have historical, political, cultural and spiritual significance to First Nations people. Transmission pipelines, in their role of delivering oil and gas products across…
September 28, 2016

How pipeline companies protect species at risk

Canada is home to 521 animal and plant species listed under the Species at Risk Act (SARA), meaning they are federally classified as being extirpated, endangered, threatened or a special concern. Once listed, the measures to protect and recover a listed wildlife species are implemented. That number, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada, is…
September 14, 2016

Bridging the gap – finding common ground on pipelines

“People are concerned about spills and the environment, and particularly in our region – water resources. They don’t know who is responsible and who will pay when things go wrong.” Those are the words of Valerie Roy, CEO of the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce, and a member of CEPA’s External Advisory Panel (EAP). As a…