CALGARY, Sept. 19, 2016 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) continues to make strides toward increased regulatory transparency with the launch of a condition compliance web page that enables Canadians to track company compliance with pipeline approval conditions.
More than 3,200 approval conditions and their respective completion status (in progress or completed) are now available to all Canadians in a simplified and searchable format.
The NEB has always tracked, monitored, and conducted enforcement action following project approval, and all records have been retained and updated as compliance measures or enforcement is conducted. Making this information more accessible to Canadians is consistent with the NEB's continued response to the Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Developed (CESD) Fall 2015 Audit.
Lifecycle oversight of pipelines and associated infrastructure is a core function of the NEB. From application to abandonment, the NEB conducts strict oversight to ensure companies adhere to all regulatory requirements and conditions placed upon a project as part of an approval.
Company compliance with conditions is monitored through the following means:
- Field Inspections
- Company audits
- Compliance meetings
- Emergency response exercise evaluation
- Emergency procedure manual review
Over the past year, the NEB has increased information available online including the addition of:
- Field inspection reports;
- Emergency response exercise evaluations.; and Company emergency procedures manuals will be online by Sept. 30, 2016
"It is the NEB's firm belief that Canadians deserve to have increased access to regulatory information. We have made significant strides toward increased transparency and we will continue to seek new and innovative ways to increase our foundation of openness." – Peter Watson, NEB Chair and CEO.
The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada's energy industry with the safety of Canadians and protection of the environment as its top priority. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest. For more information on the NEB and its mandate, please visit www.neb-one.gc.ca.
SOURCE National Energy Board
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