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pipeline constructionThe NEB's top priority is the safety and security of people, and the protection of the environment and property.

Each NEB regulated company must have an emergency management program that anticipates, prevents, manages and mitigates conditions during an emergency. The company's management system and processes must also be evident in its emergency management program.

An emergency management program must include:

  • the identification and analysis of potential hazards
  • the evaluation and management of risks associated with all hazards
  • an up-to-date emergency procedures manual that is filed with the NEB
  • liaising with agencies that may be involved in an emergency situation
  • taking all reasonable steps to inform all persons who may be associated with an emergency response activity on the pipeline of the practices and procedures to be followed
  • having a continuing education program for the police, fire departments, medical facilities, other appropriate organizations and agencies and the public residing adjacent to the pipeline to inform them of the location of the pipeline, potential emergency situations and the safety procedures to be followed in case of an emergency
  • procedures for the safe control or shutdown of the pipeline system in the event of an emergency
  • sufficient response equipment
  • training to instruct employees on the emergency procedures and emergency equipment
  • a verifiable capability to respond to an emergency demonstrated through emergency response exercises.

If an incident does occur, the NEB will verify that there is adequate and appropriate clean-up and full remediation of any environmental effects resulting from the incident. The company must conduct, to the Board’s satisfaction, a complete clean-up and remediation of any adverse environmental effects. For more information on how the NEB respond’s to emergencies, please see the Responding to Emergencies pamphlet.


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