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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,…
September 16, 2015

How pipeline companies are taking action against a Canadian crop killer (part 1)

With over 115,000 kilometres of transmission pipelines in Canada, it’s likely that some will cross farmland. And that’s a responsibility that pipeline operators take very seriously. In previous posts, we discussed how pipeline operators protect soil during construction, and mitigate impacts to agricultural land, but this week we’re taking a look at a recent and serious…