CALGARY, June 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB or the
Board) has released the inspection report documenting its assessment of
Enbridge Pipeline Inc.'s (Enbridge) initiatives in pipeline integrity,
emergency response management, and control centre operations.
In August and September of 2012, the Board inspected Enbridge's control
room operations to assess Enbridge's stated improvements following the
2011 pipeline rupture in Marshall, Michigan.
"The Board requires its regulated companies to be in compliance with all
regulations at all times," said Gaétan Caron, the NEB's Chair and CEO.
"That is why it was critical for us to review Enbridge's control room
to confirm Enbridge employees have the tools necessary to avoid a
Marshall-type incident in the future."
Many aspects of Enbridge's management systems were reviewed during the
inspection. Since Enbridge had not yet fully implemented all the
improvements it has identified following the Marshall rupture, the
Board is ordering a third-party audit to fully examine Enbridge's
management system, any human factors associated with control room
operation, and the safety culture of the organization as a whole. The
NEB will set the parametres of the audit. The third-party auditor will
report directly and be fully accountable to the Board.
"The Board will continue to monitor and assess all of Enbridge's
reported improvements and day-to-day operations through its targeted
compliance verification activities," said Caron. "We will take whatever
action is required in order to be satisfied the company continues to
operate safely in Canada."
The Board did not identify any non-compliances with the National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations that would pose an immediate hazard to public safety or the
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
This news release is available on the NEB's website at www.neb-one.gc.ca under What's New!
To view the full report, please visit: http://www.neb-one.gc.ca/clf-nsi/rsftyndthnvrnmnt/sfty/sfcmpctn-eng.html
SOURCE: National Energy Board
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