environmental protection Tag

April 27, 2016

Dig Safe part 4: Test your knowledge about safe digging

April is Dig Safe Awareness Month, and this is the final post in this year’s Dig Safe series. This week we’re giving you a chance to test your knowledge on safe digging practices. Do you know when you need to call or click before you dig? Before you break ground on that spring landscaping or…
March 30, 2016

Pipeline coating inspectors: how they help prevent pipeline leaks

When you bury a steel pipe underground and leave it there for years, there’s a risk of corrosion. That’s something pipeline operators work really hard to prevent – as we’ve shared in previous blog posts about cathodic protection and sophisticated coatings that help protect pipelines from corrosion. Coating applied to a pipeline weld. Photo courtesy…
March 16, 2016

Are pipeline companies prepared for threats on their facilities?

Pipelines may be buried underground, but aboveground compressor stations are one of the telltale signs announcing their presence. These small stations look humble enough from the outside, but don’t be fooled by appearances – inside they’re a hive of activity, with compressors, valves, turbines and controls all working hard to keep the product flowing safely and…
March 8, 2016
Pipeline Safety First Responder Training

Picture this – pipeline emergency preparedness

“Are pipeline companies ready for an emergency?” This is a question we hear a lot from Canadians – and rightly so. Although emergencies are rare for Canada’s transmission pipelines, CEPA members are focused on being prepared for quick, effective response. Prepare and practice Some of the ways all transmission pipeline companies prepare for emergencies include:…
February 16, 2016
Cushing Control Center - Enbridge

Step-by-step: a look at pipeline leak prevention technology

In the second post in our ‘Step-by-step’ series, we’re taking a sneak peek at the kind of technologies pipeline companies use to prevent and detect leaks. Join us for a look into the world of pipeline technology: Special coatings protect pipelines from corrosion; but what if the coating gets damaged? To prevent exposed steel from…
February 9, 2016
Tom Knapik

Meet a pipeline professional who’s helping protect the environment

This is the fourth post in our human side of environmental protection series and this week we’re going to get to know Tom Knapik, manager of environment at Plains Midstream Canada (PMC). Tom has an undergraduate degree in geological engineering from Queen’s University, and before joining PMC in 2008, he worked on environmental projects in…
January 5, 2016

2015 in review – 5 pipeline milestones

Happy New Year to all our readers! We hope you had a merry, peaceful holiday season, and are looking forward to great things in 2016. As we head into the new year, we want to stop and share some pipeline milestones from 2015. These are initiatives that are helping make transmission pipeline operations safer and more…
December 30, 2015

The top 5 pipeline posts of 2015

Thanks for reading CEPA’s blog this year – 2015 offered some great opportunities to talk to some interesting people about their work and their expertise, and explore many of the different technologies and processes that help to make pipelines safe. As 2015 draws to a close, we thought it would be great to look back and…