Ottawa, ON – October 2nd, 2012 – Led by the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) and the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), a national cross‐section of committed stakeholders hosted a Protection of Critical Infrastructure Summit today. The event brought together senior decision‐makers from both the government and industry to advance the national discussion on the continuous improvement in the safety, protection and resilience of Canada’s critical infrastructure.
“Natural gas distribution and transmission companies have a long history of engaging with all levels of government and with regulatory bodies in forums like this Summit,” said Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association. “These are occasions for us to stay abreast of safety standards and regulations, share industry best practices, and to learn more about up‐to‐date engineering principles and modern technology. All of this helps us with the ongoing task of building, operating, and maintaining Canada’s natural gas delivery network – one that over 6.3 million customers depend upon every day,” said Egan.
The Summit involves a number of associations and government departments who have a role or interest in building, operating and maintaining critical energy infrastructure including the Canadian Gas Association, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, Canadian Electricity Association, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Canadian Common Ground Alliance, CSA Group, Natural Resources Canada, and Public Safety Canada. Also attending the Summit were representatives from other critical infrastructure sectors in Canada including the finance, food, transportation, government, and information and communication technology sectors.
“We’re proud to be a part of this summit, ” said Kim McCaig, Vice‐President & COO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association. “It’s a good opportunity to exchange ideas, share knowledge and communicate collaboratively on a subject that is important to all Canadians.”
CEPA represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate about 110,000 kilometres of pipeline in Canada and the United States. These energy highways moved approximately 1.2 billion barrels of liquid petroleum products and 5.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas last year. Our members transport 97 per cent of Canada’s daily natural gas and onshore crude oil from producing regions to markets throughout North America. For additional information on the Canadian pipeline industry, please visit: www.aboutpipelines.com.
CGA is the voice of Canada’s natural gas distribution industry and its members are distribution companies, transmission companies, equipment manufacturers and other service providers. Natural gas has a central place in Canada’s energy mix meeting 30 per cent of the country’s energy needs. Today over six million customers representing well over half the Canadian population rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, apartments, buildings, businesses, hospitals and schools. The website of the Canadian Gas Association, www.cga.ca, provides information, facts, and useful tools on this important Canadian strategic asset.
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