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National Energy Board Reports Maintenance Cause For Pipeline Incidents

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
National Energy Board Reports Maintenance Cause For Pipeline Incidents

The National energy board is reporting maintenance is the biggest cause of pipeline incidents.

The NEB describes this as inadequate preventative upkeep and excessive wear and tear.

Over the last 8 years, there were almost 350 cases that caused a liquid or gas release, with 16 coming from last year.

In a release from The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, Vice President of Safety and Engineering Patrick Smythe says CEPA members focus on continuous improvement through their system “Integrity First”.

The program allows them to constantly self-examine to see how they can get better while working towards CEPA’s stated goal of zero incidents.

In total, the NEB is stating, in the span of 8 years, there were nearly 500 Gas and 60 Liquid releases.

Smythe adds these cases are not all related to human error.

The report also notes Alberta pipelines saw an increase in unauthorized activities.

Comparing to previous years, from 2014 to 2016, reported incidents doubled.

The NEB says these incidents could be from encroachment, ground disturbances, and vehicle crossing.

Smythe says this is actually positive news.

He notes it means the monitoring program is effective and allows the company to proactively identify and mitigate potential hazards.

Alberta isn’t the highest for unauthorized activities, however, British Columbia has nearly 470 reported incidents, the NEB says this could be to the high density of pipelines in the lower mainland.

 -Photo courtesy of CEPA


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