CALGARY, Sept. 8 2016 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) is pleased to report that it has completed 18 out of 22 recommendations that stemmed from the Office of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development's (CESD) 2015 Audit of Pipeline Oversight. The remaining four are scheduled for completion by December 31st 2016. Today, the NEB provided the Office of the CESD with an update on the success of its Corrective Action Plan.
The CESD released its audit publicly on January 26, 2016.
The NEB immediately posted a Corrective Action Plan that went beyond the NEB's commitments to the audit, and in less than one month after the audit was released; the NEB launched an online condition compliance web portal.
The NEB accepted all the audit report recommendations and has surpassed our commitments to address them including:
- Increasing the visibility of pipeline condition status for the public;
- Improving public transparency relating to emergency procedures manuals; and,
- Simplifying and improving Canadians' ability to find regulatory documents for each project proposal we assess, including detailed filings related to the status of project conditions and compliance.
The NEB will post the updated and completed Corrective Action Plan to its website in early 2017.
- The NEB has completed 18 out of 22 recommendations stemming from the 2015 Audit of Pipeline Oversight with the remaining recommendations to be completed by December 2016.
- The four outstanding audit recommendations relate to condition compliance follow-up, new tools for analysis of compliance information, a more user-friendly regulatory document index, and an updated IT system for efficient posting of condition statuses.
- The NEB will release an updated and completed Corrective Action Plan in early 2017.
"The NEB welcomed the audit's findings and I wish to advise the CESD Commissioner, and all Canadians, that we responded decisively and in a fulsome manner to the audit. We will continue to improve in the areas of condition and compliance tracking, assessment and transparency of regulated company's emergency preparedness, and our own capacity to meet the changing expectations of the Canadian public." – 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
For further information: Darin Barter, National Energy Board, Email: [email protected], Cellular: 403-837-5217