environmental protection Tag

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…
December 16, 2015

In pictures: tour a pipeline construction project

This is part three of our ‘urban sprawl and pipelines’ series. In this final installment we’ll take you on a photographic tour of ATCO Pipelines’ Northeast Calgary Connector project. The work being done on the project by CEPA Foundation member, Robert B. Somerville, is an excellent example of the kind of culture demonstrated by safety…
December 9, 2015
construction in urban area

Urban sprawl and pipelines – a look at safe expansion (part 2) 

This is part two of our ‘urban sprawl and pipelines’ series, which looks at the measures pipeline operators are taking to manage expanding cities and the increasing demand for energy. Last week, we explored how the transportation/utility corridors (TUCs) in Calgary and Edmonton are providing a safe, restricted development area for pipelines and utility rights…
November 20, 2015

The inside story on pipeline leak detection

Control room operators closely monitor for pipeline leaks using a variety of different methods and technologies. Monitoring for pipeline leaks never stops. In previous posts we’ve talked about aerial surveillance pilots who fly the lines looking for issues; detector dogs who sniff for leaks; and a variety of sophisticated leak detection technologies. We’ve also met…
October 28, 2015

How smart technology is making pipelines safer

Pipeline technology is a hot topic on this blog. In previous posts you’ve read about SCADA, hyperspectral imaging, geographic information systems, geohazard management, and many other technologies, each of which provides critical data to pipeline operators. As you can imagine, that’s a lot of data to process, and every piece that comes in could contain…
October 14, 2015

How this pilot is helping prevent pipeline leaks from the air

This is the third post in our “The human side of environmental protection” blog series. Tom Urie is a familiar sight in the skies of northern Alberta. He’s an aerial surveillance pilot for Envirotech Aviation Inc., a CEPA Foundation member company specializing in pipeline aerial inspection and photography, based in Nisku, AB. While technologies such…
September 30, 2015
Siobhan Crawford

How this pipeline employee is helping protect ecosystems in B.C.

This is the second post in our “The human side of environmental protection” blog series. Siobhan Crawford believes making a positive impact on environmental protection includes making change within a company. That’s why she’s an environmental specialist for Spectra Energy – her role gives her the opportunity to make a real difference. The native Manitoban…
September 23, 2015

How pipeline companies are taking action against a Canadian crop killer (part 2)

Last week's post looked at club root; an invasive soil pathogen that attacks canola crops and poses a serious threat to farmers’ livelihoods. This week we explore the measures Canadian transmission pipeline companies are taking to ensure they aren't spreading club root during their construction, reclamation and maintenance activities. This is a continuation of our conversation with Dave Kerr,…