Busiest year on record for National Energy Board



    CALGARY, April 20 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board's (NEB or Board) 2008
Annual Report, tabled in parliament today, reports that the NEB received more
applications and presided over more public hearings in 2008 than any other
year in NEB history.
    The Board considered applications for new pipeline facilities, tolls and
tariffs filings, activities on frontier lands, as well as export and import
licences, and orders. A number of applications to expand the capacity of the
oil pipeline system were also considered by the Board. In total, there were 17
public proceedings in 2008.
    "I am truly proud of the work that the NEB accomplished in 2008," said
Chair Gaétan Caron. "The NEB takes a responsible approach to regulation,
protecting Canada's environment, while at the same time working to improve the
quality of life for all Canadians."
    Spurred by record high oil and gas prices, over $127 billion worth of
crude oil, petroleum products, natural gas liquids and natural gas was shipped
through NEB-regulated pipelines in 2008. In addition, NEB-regulated
international power lines transported over $3 billion of electricity,
demonstrating the huge economic value that pipeline and power transmission
systems bring to Canadians.
    The report outlined how a busier pipeline construction year led to a
corresponding increase in safety incidents. NEB inspectors doubled their
compliance monitoring activities, performing audits, inspections and
investigations.
    "We are continually working with industry and our regulatory partners to
improve our processes, and identify ways to reduce these incidents," Caron
said. "Our goal is to provide safe and secure delivery of energy to Canadians
in a way that protects the environment, and the rights of those affected."
    The report highlights a number of activities, initiatives and
partnerships that support this goal, including:

    
    -   Forging partnerships with other government agencies and
        organisations;
    -   Enhancing Aboriginal Engagement;
    -   Engaging landowners and industry to discuss on land matters;
    -   Organizing Pipeline Integrity Management Workshops; and
    -   Developing Security Standards with the Canadian Standards
        Association.
    

    The report also states that, in addition to meeting all but one of its
Service Standards, the NEB was recognized nationally for being one of Canada's
Top 100 Employers, one of Alberta's Top 40 employers, and as one of Canada's
Top 20 Family Friendly workplaces.

    Celebrating 50 years of regulatory leadership, the NEB is an independent
federal agency that regulates several parts of Canada's energy industry. Its
purpose is to promote safety and security, environmental protection, and
efficient energy infrastructure and markets in the Canadian public interest,
within the mandate set by Parliament in the regulation of pipelines, energy
development and trade.

    
    Related documents:
    -   Annual Report 2008 to Parliament
    -   Annual Report 2008 to Parliament (PDF 11951 KB)
    -   Annual Report 2008 to Parliament - Interactive Bilingual Version
        (PDF 64239 KB)
    





For further information:

For further information: Tara O'Donovan (tara.odonovan@neb-one.gc.ca),
Communications Officer, Telephone: (403) 299-3371, TTY (teletype):
1-800-632-1663; For a copy of documents: The Publications Office, National
Energy Board, 444 Seventh Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 0X8, E-mail:
publications@neb-one.gc.ca, Telephone: (403) 299-3562, Telephone (toll free):
1-800-899-1265, Telecopier: (403) 292-5576, Telecopier (toll free):
1-877-288-8803, TTY (teletype): 1-800-632-1663


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