CALGARY, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB or Board)
is responding to a pipeline rupture on the Nova Gas Transmission Ltd
(NGTL) pipeline system approximately 14 kilometres southeast of Boyle,
AB owned and operated by TransCanada Pipelines Ltd (TransCanada). The
release was reported to the NEB late 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 public safety.
The release of sweet natural gas occurred on crown land along the
pipeline right-of-way. The affected section of pipe 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.
Representatives from TransCanada are on the ground securing and
assessing the incident site. First responders and local First Nations
groups are in the process of being notified.
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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