Safety is Our Top Priority

Pipelines carry large quantities of energy sources and fuels — these liquids and gases need to be kept at controlled conditions to ensure they do not pose a risk to the public and the environment.

That’s why community safety is the top priority for CEPA and its member companies.

We are committed to minimizing the impacts and risks to safety. Our members back up that commitment with more than $1.6 billion each year to ensure that crude oil and natural gas are delivered safely and efficiently.

The primary responsibility for ensuring pipeline safety is with the companies that own and operate the pipeline.

Federal and provincial regulators ensure that companies design, construct, operate and decommission their facilities in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Federally, the National Energy Board regulates pipelines crossing any interprovincial and international boundaries. Pipeline systems entirely contained within a province are regulated by a provincial energy agency.

Pipeline companies work with federal and provincial agencies of energy as well as other organizations, such as the Canadian Standards Association to set out minimum technical requirements for the design, construction, operation and dismantling of pipeline facilities to ensure public safety. Regulators assess applications for new or changed pipeline infrastructure, develop and maintain regulations, and conduct regular safety inspections and audits and investigate accidents. 

CEPA member safety-related activities encompass three broad areas:

  • Pipeline Integrity — making sure that pipelines are operating properly
  • Damage Prevention — preventing damage to pipelines by construction or excavation
  • Emergency Response  — minimizing impacts in case of an incident

Safety: our highest priority

“The industry’s safety record is a demonstration of our members’ steadfast commitment to operating their pipeline systems in a way that safeguards workers, the public and the environment. Safety is our industry’s highest priority, and will always lie at the core of everything we do.” — Brenda Kenny, CEPA President & CEO

Did you know?

Between 2002 and 2009, significant failures on CEPA member pipelines declined despite a 27% increase in the number of kilometres of pipeline.