National Energy Board evaluates full scale emergency exercise in Kingston, Ontario

KINGSTON, ON, Oct. 13, 2016 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) is overseeing and conducting an evaluation of an Enbridge Pipelines Ltd. emergency response exercise near Kingston, Ontario today.  The exercise includes the full deployment of all personnel, equipment and agencies that would be expected to respond should a pipeline incident occur.

NEB Field Officers and other personnel will conduct a full evaluation of all aspects of the exercise, including equipment deployment, Incident Command functioning, and communication with stakeholders.

Emergency exercises are a regulatory requirement that all NEB-regulated companies are required to conduct. The NEB expects companies to be capable of responding effectively should an emergency occur. Assessment of the company's capability to respond to an emergency under real world conditions reflects the NEB's mandate to actively monitor compliance with regulatory requirements through the life of all NEB-approved projects.   

The NEB will take enforcement action should non-compliance occur during the exercise.

The emergency response exercise is part of the NEB's lifecycle regulation and is unrelated to any company applications currently before the regulator.

Quick Facts

  • The NEB's full evaluation of the exercise will be made available on the NEB web site prior to December 31.
  • In 2015, the NEB conducted the following emergency exercise regulatory oversight activities:
    • 177 Inspections
    • 19 Emergency Exercises
    • 13 Emergency Procedures Manual Reviews

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


SOURCE National Energy Board

For further information: Darin Barter, National Energy Board, Telephone: 403-837-5267, Email


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