About CEPA

Working together for all Canadians

About this report

The 2019 Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report marks our fifth annual performance report. This is a voluntary document CEPA produces as part of the energy transmission pipeline industry’s commitment to transparency and accountability. Canadians want to know more about safety, environmental protection and socio-economic contributions. It’s all here.

In addition, CEPA is open about what its member companies are doing to deliver Canada’s energy safely and responsibly. CEPA members work together to share best practices, learn from one another and collectively improve the entire industry, to be the very best in the world.

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Who is

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About CEPA

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The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) consists of transmission pipeline companies that transport virtually all of Canada’s natural gas and crude oil to markets across North America.

For over 25 years, CEPA members have been working together to build a secure energy future for Canada. The result is pipeline standards in technology, innovation, safety and environmental protection that industry leaders and regulators around the world look up to — standards that CEPA members are continuously improving upon.

Canadians will need oil and natural gas long into the future to fuel life and prosperity in Canada. CEPA members are committed to working together to deliver your energy in the safest, most responsible way.

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A safety culture

Safety culture refers to the beliefs and attitudes an organization and its people have toward safety. One of CEPA’s goals is to enhance an already strong safety culture across all its member companies. Safety is the top priority of all members, and, working together, we are making the safety culture stronger every day.

Safety isn’t just a principle — it’s an ingrained belief, a discipline that influences every CEPA member employee’s actions, from the people in the field to the president. A second nature that ensures the highest standards are set and followed. CEPA Integrity First® is key to driving these standards higher.

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Why Canada needs more pipelines

Because the world needs oil and natural gas – and will for a long time to come.

Increasing world population and the growing global economy mean energy demand is rising, and over two-thirds of that demand is met by oil and natural gas*. While the portion of renewable energy contributed is also rising (currently at close to 18% in Canada**), forecasts indicate oil and natural gas could still provide 65% of the world’s energy in 2040*.

The world needs oil and natural gas for decades to come, and the safest way to provide it is by pipeline.

Cleaner energy for the world – Canada’s natural gas is helping to replace higher carbon energy sources and fuel a lower carbon future. Canada’s abundant supply of natural gas (1,220 trillion cubic feet, enough for 300 years at current consumption levels) is transported to LNG terminals by pipeline.

They deliver the energy you need to live and thrive – Pipelines safely transport the oil and natural gas Canadians count on. Along with powering planes, trains, automobiles, trucks, tractors, ships, heating, cooking and electricity, over 6,000 things are made from petroleum products. Things like shampoo, computers, vitamins and toothbrushes, carbon for bike tires, asphalt for roads and roofs.

Pipelines power the quality of life you enjoy in Canada – Energy is the second-largest segment of Canada’s economy. Pipelines generate enormous economic benefits that you and every other Canadian count on. Close to $1 trillion has been contributed to Canada’s GDP since 2005*** – money that is used to support services like health care and education.

Part of a progressive energy system – Canada’s energy ecosystem evolves through technology and innovation to embrace smart options and address environmental and social issues. CEPA members are proud to be part of this ecosystem while contributing to the communities where they operate.

Pipelines employ thousands of Canadians – Canada’s energy pipeline companies provide valuable careers in communities across Canada, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs in the energy industry and the livelihoods of millions of Canadians.

* Source: NEB, Canada’s Energy Future 2018: Energy Supply and Demand Projections to 2040

** Source: NEB, Renewable Energy Facts

*** Source: Statistics Canada Natural Resources Satellite Account (NRSA)

How we collaborate

One of CEPA’s key roles in leading continuous improvement is through collaborating with stakeholders engaged in Canada’s energy future, including all levels of government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), industry organizations and CEPA members.

Energy is vital to all communities across Canada, so we work with all levels of government to continually improve regulations to enhance pipeline safety and performance.

  • Collaboration between CEPA and Natural Resources Canada resulted in the passing of the Pipeline Safety Act.
  • We participated in the federal government’s review of Canada’s environmental assessment and regulatory processes.
  • We participated in reviews for the Navigation Protection Act and Fisheries Act.
  • We collaborated with British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy on developing an enhanced land-based spill-response regime for BC called BC — Preparedness and Coordination Organization.
  • We are collaborating with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canadian Security Intelligence Service to improve security of energy infrastructure.

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
There are many NGOs that work with the energy industry in Canada. CEPA engages with leading NGOs to drive continuous improvement across the industry.

  • CEPA works closely with the Canadian Standards Association to develop codes and standards for the construction and operation of pipelines. Our efforts involve multi-stakeholder partnerships that include federal, provincial and municipal governments; industry; labour; emergency response groups; public interest groups and academics.
  • We partnered with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs to promote collaboration across various programs related to emergency preparedness and response.
  • CEPA works with groups like the Pipeline Safety Trust and the Canadian Common Ground Alliance to promote pipeline safety through education and advocacy.
  • We collaborated with the Canada Energy Regulator, L’Union des producteurs agricoles, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada to establish guidelines for safe, economic and environmentally sound pipeline retirement.
  • In 2018, we convened the first in a renewed series of Pipeline Dialogues engaging the industry, the public and key stakeholders so that we can better understand the perspectives and expectations of Canadians. Pipeline Dialogues are ongoing, providing valuable insights to a better energy future.

CEPA Communities of Practice and Work Groups
Members work toward zero incidents together. The key to the industry’s continuous improvement is collaboration — CEPA members do not compete on safety and environmental protection. Hundreds of representatives from CEPA member companies meet in 17 different communities of practice and work groups, sharing advances in technology and operational practices so that all members can advance their performance. Each community of practice or work group contributes to a key area of Canada’s pipeline industry.

  • Damage prevention
  • Public awareness
  • Environment
  • Emergency management
  • Safety management
  • Control room management
  • Management systems
  • Pipeline integrity
  • In-line inspection
  • Geohazard management
  • Corrosion
  • Security
  • Cyber security
  • Climate change
  • Indigenous affairs
  • Property tax
  • Regulatory policy

Industry groups
We work with a wide range of industry groups – from contractors to unions to researchers – to leverage our efforts and advance the technology of safety and environmental protection.

  • We collaborated with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the Royal Society of Canada to explore better ways to clean up spills.
  • We are collaborating with Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada to boost innovation, research and technological developments within the pipeline industry.
  • We are collaborating with Pipeline Research Council International, an organization that brings together pipeline companies from around the world to explore ways to improve energy pipeline systems.

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How we communicate

Engaging and involving Canadians
One of CEPA’s primary goals is to keep Canadians well informed. To do this, we spend time listening to our stakeholders through engagement opportunities like our Pipeline Dialogue events.

Digital and social media
Aboutpipelines.com, particularly the About Pipelines blog, is full of useful information about how your oil and natural gas is transported. CEPA also keeps Canadians informed and engages in conversations on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Pipeline Industry Performance Report
We want to have a conversation about pipelines and energy with Canadians. Our Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report is meant to create an open conversation on pipeline performance, environmental protection and economic contribution to Canada.

Pipeline Dialogues
In 2018 we convened the first in a series of Pipeline Dialogue events. The goal of these engagement sessions is to listen to the perspectives and expectations of stakeholders interested in the transmission pipeline industry in Canada.

At our first event, CEPA members sat down for a frank and open discussion with Indigenous organizations, municipal organizations, landowner groups, labour unions, non-governmental organizations, academic/research institutions, regulators and young professionals to find out how industry can increase trust and transparency. We explored a number of key issues, including community collaboration, respectful and meaningful engagement with Indigenous peoples, public confidence and energy policy and regulation. Through ongoing sessions like this, we will continue to build trust and mutual understanding. For more information, you can read the executive summary of the Pipeline Dialogue.

About Pipelines Map
You deserve to know how your energy is delivered. And an important part of that is knowing how pipelines are performing. The About Pipelines Map includes detailed information about energy transmission pipelines that transport crude oil, natural gas and refined petroleum products within Canada, including incidents that have taken place and their location (aboutpipelinesmap.com).

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How we unite the entire pipeline industry (CEPA Foundation)

While CEPA pools the expertise of Canada’s transmission pipeline operators, CEPA Foundation brings together companies from across the rest of the pipeline industry to collaborate on improving the safe transmission of oil and gas in Canada.

The Foundation includes hundreds of firms encompassing engineering, design, construction, manufacturing, pipeline maintenance, legal, land and environmental services working together to continuously improve safety, environmental protection and operational effectiveness.

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How the industry prevents third-party damage

Third-party damage to pipelines is one of the leading causes of significant incidents. Preventing pipeline damage is a shared responsibility between operators, regulators and the public. That’s why if you are planning to undertake a digging project – large or small – always call or click before you dig and always use extreme caution.

CEPA is committed to supporting one-call centres in all provinces and territories in which its member companies operate. Companies, employees and contractors are urged to “Click Before You Dig” and use web-based/online notifications whenever possible.

You can connect to any Canadian web-based contact centre in French or English by visiting ClickBeforeYouDig.com

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Are pipelines safe?

Yes, they are the safest way to transport the energy Canada and the world need. In fact, Canadian transmission pipelines are among the safest in the world.

In 2018, Canada’s 121,000-kilometre network of transmission pipelines moved 97 per cent of Canada’s natural gas and onshore crude oil production to the people who need it (the other 3 per cent was by rail or truck).

Out of 1.6 billion barrels of oil transported by CEPA members, a total of 11.3 barrels were spilled and couldn’t be recovered. These remaining barrels dissipate through volatilization (similar to evaporation) and other natural processes. While this is only a tiny percentage of oil transported, no amount spilled is acceptable to CEPA members, who work toward a common goal of zero incidents.

CEPA members work together to continuously improve what are already among the highest safety standards, and best safety records, in the world. Over 51,000 kilometres of transmission pipeline were inspected from the inside in 2018, and over 2,600 integrity digs were performed to check any anomalies identified. Hundreds of exercises were performed to ensure CEPA member companies’ emergency response teams are prepared. Over $2 billion was spent on monitoring to ensure that your energy was delivered safely.

Canada and the world will need oil and natural gas long into the future, and you can count on CEPA members to get it to you in the safest, most responsible way.