CEPA member companies have delivered natural gas and liquid petroleum products with a 99.999 per cent safety record for over a decade and we continue to strive to reach our goal of 100 per cent.
In 2016 our members reported 46 natural gas and liquids releases. Approximately 65 per cent (30 incidents) occurred within pipeline facilities. Of the remaining, 16 incidents occurred on our members’ rights-of-way.
In 2016, CEPA members reported one significant natural gas release that occurred during the maintenance of a natural gas pipeline that was not operating.
In 2016, our members invested $31.1 million in community initiatives across Canada, including $3 million in Indigenous communities.
*Source: Canada’s energy pipelines are an overlooked source of economic prosperity. In 2013, for the first time ever, CEPA commissioned a study to detail the economic impacts of Canada’s transmission pipeline industry. The 2013 study, The Economic Impacts from Operations of Canada’s Energy Pipelines (Angevine Economic Consulting Ltd.) was updated in 2015 and will be updated again in the spring of 2018.
In 2016, our members conducted in-line inspection runs on 39,059 kilometres of pipelines in Canada using highly sophisticated tools called ‘smart pigs’ that examine a pipeline from the inside to identify features such as metal loss, dents and cracks that may require further investigation.
In 2016, CEPA member companies conducted 2,696 integrity digs to examine pipelines for defects and to make repairs – that’s a total of 25,577 integrity digs since 2007.