What are transmission pipeline companies doing to improve safety, lessen environmental impacts and achieve operational excellence? 
This year’s Pipeline Industry Performance Report aims to answer this critical question by sharing CEPA members’ performance over the past year – from safety statistics to economic data to key environmental initiatives.
We want to be transparent with Canadians about how the industry is doing, where we are focused on improving and what we have to do get there. Take a look at the report, and let us know what you think. 


Performance Report Highlights
Here are some key statistics on our industry’s recent performance. You can find more details in the full report. 


Causes of pipeline incidents – 
CEPA members – 2011-2015
Metal loss, materials, manufacturing or construction defects, and cracking remain the leading causes of pipeline incidents. Collectively, these accounted for almost 82 per cent of the total incidents over the period 2011-2015.  

Of the 55 natural gas and liquids incidents in 2015, 18 occurred on our members’ rights-of-way. Of those 18, only one—a natural gas incident—was categorized as significant. The last time CEPA members reported zero significant liquids incidents was in 2004.

** To differentiate higher-risk incidents, CEPA has adopted a set of criteria that defines ‘significant incidents’. A significant incident would include one or more of the following: caused a serious injury or fatality; caused a liquid release of greater than eight cubic metres (50 barrels); produced an unintentional ignition or fire; resulted in a rupture of a pipeline. 

* Damage caused by external activities (such as digging) and predominantly caused by third parties
For more information on damage prevention, please download the report.


In 2015, our members conducted in-line inspection runs on 31,196 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. More than 20 per cent of our members’ 119,000 kilometres of pipeline in Canada were inspected by one or more in-line inspection tools in 2015.

Based on current operations alone, Canada’s transmission pipelines are expected to add $175 billion to Canada’s GDP over the next 30 years.

* Source: 
The Economic Impacts from Operations of Canada’s Energy Pipelines, Angevine Economic Consulting Ltd, 2015

Our industry is responsible for almost 34,000 full-time equivalent jobs across Canada, supporting many households. Of that total:

• 30% are in Alberta
• 24% are in Ontario
• 21% are in Saskatchewan
• 25% are spread across the rest of Canada



“A key goal of this report is to provide balanced, honest and transparent information that will help Canadians to make their own informed decision about the transmission pipeline industry.”


How CEPA members are working to improve:

  • Continuing to build our CEPA Integrity First® program, which enables CEPA’s member  companies to work collectively to strengthen the  pipeline industry’s performance in critical areas
  • Engaging with over 100 biologists, engineers and  government officials to produce the fifth edition of  our comprehensive guidelines for constructing  transmission pipelines across bodies of water
  • Collaborating with various groups of stakeholders  such as First Nations, the Canadian Association of  Fire Chiefs and CEPA’s External Advisory Panel to  ensure we’re focusing our efforts on what matters  to Canadians
  • Enhancing emergency preparedness and response  through improved transparency and the launch of  a National Spill Response Program
  • Developing a national strategy for pipeline  leak detection
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