CALGARY, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB or Board)
is responding to a pipeline rupture on the Nova Gas Transmission Ltd
(NGTL) pipeline system 140 kilometres west of Fort McMurray, AB owned
and operated by TransCanada Pipelines Ltd (TransCanada). The release
was reported to the NEB early this morning. The size of the release has
yet to be determined by the NEB. There is no immediate safety concern
for local residents and precautions are being taken to ensure continued
The release of sweet natural gas occurred on crown land along the
pipeline right-of-way. The pipeline has been shut down to prevent
additional gas from being released into the environment.
A member of the NEB's Emergency Response Team has been deployed and will
be onsite to monitor and assess the company's immediate response,
investigation and eventual environmental remediation. Representatives
from TransCanada are on the ground securing and assessing the incident
site. First responders and local First Nations groups have also been
In an emergency, the Board works with federal, provincial and
territorial partners to coordinate the regulatory response. The NEB's
priority in any emergency is to make sure that people are safe and the
environment is protected.
The National Energy Board holds regulated companies fully responsible
and accountable for responding in a manner that protects the public,
property and the environment. This includes clean-up and site
remediation. The Board's long-term goal with any incident is the full
restoration and re-vegetation of the site including any potential
effects on sub-surface groundwater. We do not relax our expectations
of a company, or our response, regardless of the size of the incident.
This news release is available on the NEB's Internet site at www.neb-one.gc.ca under What's New!
SOURCE: Government of Canada
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