National Energy Board safety report gives pipelines top marks



    CALGARY, March 30 /CNW/ - Pipelines are becoming safer says a new report
issued by the National Energy Board (NEB) today.
    According to the NEB's annual Focus on Safety and Environment: A
Comparative Analysis of Pipeline Performance, 2000-2005, for the eighth year
in a row, there were no fatalities on NEB-regulated pipelines.
    This report, the NEB's fifth annual safety report card, takes a look at
the safety, integrity and environmental performance of the 45,000 kilometres
of pipeline regulated by the National Energy Board.
    For the third year in a row, there were no ruptures on NEB-regulated
pipelines. A rupture, which is a loss of containment that impairs the
operation of the pipeline, can cause explosions, fire and even death. Between
1991 and 2002, an average of 2.5 NEB-regulated pipelines ruptured every year.
This improvement is primarily the result of integrity management programs,
which have been compulsary since 1999.
    "We were the first regulator in North America to direct pipeline
companies to introduce integrity management programs and I believe these
programs are contributing to pipeline safety, said National Energy Board
Chairman Kenneth Vollman.
    "In the past three years there have been no fatalities and no ruptures on
NEB-regulated pipelines. We're very encouraged by these results."
    Also encouraging is a drop in the injury rate for contract pipeline
workers. The injury frequency for contract workers fell more than 50 per cent
from just over 3 injuries per 100 full time equivalents in 2003 to 1.1
injuries per 100 full time equivalents in 2005. However, contractor injuries
are still happening more frequently than workers directly employed by pipeline
companies.

    The NEB is an independent federal agency that promotes 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.

    This news release and the report, Focus on Safety and Environment: A
Comparative Analysis of Pipeline Performance, 2000-2005, are available on the
Board's Internet site at www.neb-one.gc.ca under What's New!





For further information:

For further information: Sarah Kiley (skiley@neb-one.gc.ca),
Communications Officer, Telephone: (403) 299-3633, TTY (teletype):
1-800-632-1663; For a copy of Focus on Safety and Environment: A Comparative
Analysis of Pipeline Performance, 2000-2005: National Energy Board, Library,
Telephone: (403) 299-3561, Email: library@neb-one.gc.ca


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