Thanks for your question, George. Protecting pipelines from sabotage or terrorism is of critical importance. At a national level, terrorism is taken very seriously, and government agencies do a lot of watching, forecasting and threat assessment. If there is a potential threat on a pipeline, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) will convey that information to pipeline operators to ensure they are prepared.
The pipeline regulator, such as the National Energy Board or a provincial regulator, ensures that pipeline operators have the right safety management systems in place to mitigate and avoid eco-terrorism risks. Pipeline operators are also focused on having a highly-effective security culture, so employees and contractors know to watch for, and report any potential threats.
It’s important to note that pipelines are monitored 24/7 from control rooms with highly-sophisticated tools and software. If anything seems amiss with the pipeline, it can be shut down quickly; this enables pipeline operators to prevent threats from causing damage to the environment and protects the safety of communities and pipeline workers.