Pipeline Safety First Responder Training

Pipeline safety initiatives: collaborating with first responders

Every day, CEPA members are working toward our common goal of zero transmission pipeline incidents. But, even though we have a 99.999 per cent safety record for transporting product, we know that it’s critical to prepare for potential emergencies. Pipeline companies have tremendous resources set aside for emergencies, but another way we’re preparing is by helping ensure that first responders…
June 22, 2016

Polluter pays: 3 things to know about the Pipeline Safety Act

On Saturday, June 18, the Pipeline Safety Act, or Bill C-46, came into effect. It was a big day for Canadian transmission pipeline companies, because it represents a major step in our bid to build public trust. CEPA supports the Act, and has been collaborating with Natural Resources Canada to help establish in law the ‘polluter pays’ model,…
April 20, 2016

Dig Safe part 3: respect the marks

This is the third post in our Dig Safe series, in which we’re explaining what you need to know about clicking or calling before you dig. This week we’re looking at what happens when you request a locate, and the underground utilities are marked for you  – specifically what the marks mean and why they…
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…
January 20, 2016

Private ownership of pipelines – safer or not? Part 2

Last week, we explored the reasons for private versus public ownership of pipelines. In Canada, pipelines are owned by private companies and this week we’re going to take a look at what that means for safety and sustainability. To learn more, we spoke again with Glenn Booth, former chief economist and business leader with the National…
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…