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Jul 26 2016

Pipelines: Safest method of transporting natural gas and liquid energy

Posted by TransCanada

Now that's an industry we can all be proud of

When you work in an industry as sensitive as we do, safety is job number one. That's why we were pleased with the results of a recent industry performance report commissioned by the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA).

Pipelines that is 99.999% Safer | TransCanada

The report, "Taking action on our commitment to Canadians" was developed in response to requests by the media, regulators, landowners and Aboriginal groups across Canada. It outlined a goal of zero safety incidents, and provided statistics that show the precautions we, and our competitors, have been taking so far have been paying off.

Safety initiatives are paying off

According to the report, in 2016, in addition to zero significant liquid pipeline incidents, our industry saw a 50% decline in the total recordable injury rate and a 46% decline in job-site motor vehicle incidents. The report also noted that in 2015:

  • 386 emergency response exercises took place
  • 31,196 km of pipelines were inspected and approved
  • 3,151 integrity digs were complete (to test the health of soil surrounding pipelines)

All together, it adds up to a safe delivery record - industry-wide - of 99.999%

According to Norrie Ramsay, TransCanada's Sr. VP, Technical Centre and Natural Gas Pipeline Projects, "As it says in the report, our aim is for zero safety incidents - there's no other goal that matters more - and I couldn’t agree more."

"What I'm most proud of is that it shows we are making good on our commitments and demonstrating progress in the areas of safety, environment and operational excellence." - Norrie Ramsay

It all comes down to safety, responsibility and maintaining our commitment to Canadians.

Want to learn more? Read about our Safety and Emergency Response Days campaign in the CEPA report.