The pipeline industry’s primary focus is to keep 100 per cent of the product in the pipe and ensure incidents do not happen. CEPA members ensure the integrity of their pipelines by protecting against corrosion, doing regular maintenance, conducting thorough inspections and monitoring from high-tech control centres.
In the unlikely event of an emergency, CEPA members are prepared. Every pipeline operator has tools at the ready to ensure a swift response if an incident occurs.
Experts create emergency response plans for every pipeline, outlining exactly what needs to happen to effectively manage an emergency. These plans cover all steps of the response in detail, including:
Pipeline operators have crews on standby who are prepared to quickly respond in case of an emergency. Emergency equipment is also strategically placed along the pipeline route, so it can be easily accessed. Pipeline operators have access to Oil Spill Containment and Recovery (OSCAR) units, which are pre-packed in semi-trailers for immediate transport.
There are a variety of OSCAR units available to address different types of emergencies.
If there is an emergency, CEPA members are committed to helping each other by sharing resources and best practices through the Mutual Emergency Assistance Agreement (MEAA). Companies can ask each other for help in the form of personnel, equipment, tools or specialized response advice, depending on the situation.
This agreement strengthens emergency response by formalizing and legalizing an existing industry practice – because any operator’s incident is every operator’s incident.
Every pipeline operator holds regular training exercises to prepare their team to respond to emergencies. Teams are drilled in different emergency situations to ensure if an incident happens, the response is fast, coordinated and effective. In addition, all CEPA members participate in joint emergency response exercises to practice enacting the MEAA and coordinating a response.