Safety Performance Portal - March 2016
The safety of Canadians and protection of the environment in the construction, operation and abandonment of pipeline facilities regulated by the NEB are the Board’s top priorities, and have been a part of our mandate since 1959. We hold those we regulate accountable so that the safety of Canadians and the environment is protected.
In 2013, the NEB regulated approximately 73,000 kilometres of interprovincial and international pipelines. See a map of the NEB’s regulated pipelines. The safety and environmental performance data and information that follows relates to the NEB’s regulated pipelines.
 Total kms include pipeline that is approved, under construction, operational, deactivated, decommissioned, and pending abandonment.
Under the National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations (OPR), companies must immediately notify the National Energy Board (NEB) of any incident that relates to the construction, operation or abandonment of a pipeline.
Incident means an occurrence that results in:
- the death of or serious injury to a person;
- a significant adverse effect on the environment (referred to below as significant adverse effects);
- an unintended fire or explosion;
- an unintended or uncontained release of low vapour pressure hydrocarbons (referred to below as Liquid releases) in excess of 1.5 m³;
- an unintended or uncontrolled release of gas or high vapour pressure hydrocarbons (referred to below as Gas releases); and,
- the operation of a pipeline beyond its design limits (OBDL).
To enhance the analysis of the reportable incident data, the NEB has separated serious injuries incidents from fatalities, and unintended fires from unintended explosions.
Figure 1: Total Number of Events Resulting in Reportable Incidents per year, 2008 – March 2016
Figure 1: Details
- Figure 1 shows the number of events which occurred from 2008 through to March 2016 that resulted in a reportable incident (or incidents).
- In the first three months of 2016, there were 17 events reported under the OPR; 16 events had a single reportable incident and one event had multiple reportable incidents.
- An event resulting in both a fire and a serious injury is an example of an event with multiple reportable incidents. Figure 2 breaks out each of these incident types by year.
|Year||Single Reportable Incident Event||Multiple Reportable Incident Event||Total Events|
Figure 2: Number of Incidents by Type, 2015 vs. (Jan-Mar) 2016
Figure 2: Details
- Figure 2 compares the number of reportable incidents by type in 2015 with the number of reportable incidents in the first three months of 2016. Subsequent figures provide information on the different incident types.
- Most reportable incidents do not result in threats to the safety of people or the environment.
|Year||Gas Releases||Fires||Explosions||Serious Injuries||Significant Adverse Effects||Fatalities||Liquid Releases||OBDL|
Figure 3: Number of Serious Injuries per year, 2008 – March 2016
Figure 3: Details
- There was one serious injury reported in the first three months of 2016 which involved a worker with a broken fibula.
Figure 4: Number of Fatalities per year, 2008 – March 2016
Figure 4: Details
- There were no fatalities in the first three months of 2016.
Figure 5: Number of Operation Beyond Design Limits (OBDL) Incidents per year, 2008 – March 2016
Figure 5: Details
- There have been three incidents related to OBDL in the first three months of 2016, as follows:
- One incident involved higher than specified sour gas concentrations in a pipeline.
- One incident involved overpressure during delivery of low sulfur diesel.
- One incident involved an overpressure when the mainline unexpectedly shutdown.
Figure 6: Number of Fires and Explosions per year, 2008 – March 2016
Figure 6: Details
- Three fires have been reported in the first three months of 2016 as follows:
- Two fires occurred during welding/cutting work
- One flash occurred when an electrical system was restarted
- No explosions were reported in the first three months of 2016.
Figure 7: Total Volumes of Liquids Released vs. Number of Liquid Releases per year, 2008 – March 2016
Figure 7: Details
- Three cubic meters of liquid was released within a pump shelter on company property during the first three months of 2016.
|Year||Total Volume Released (m³)||# of Releases|
Figure 7(a): On/Off Company Property Liquid Releases by Location, 2008 – March 2016
Figure 7(a): Details
- Between 2008 and March 2016, there have been a total of eight liquid releases off company property.
- The liquid release reported in the first three months of 2016 was entirely contained within company property.
|On Company Property||Off Company Property|
Figure 8: Number of Natural Gas and Other High Vapour Pressure Releases per year, 2008 – March 2016
Figure 8: Details
- There were nine reportable natural gas and other high vapour pressure releases in the first three months of 2016. There were eight sweet natural gas releases and one natural gas liquids release.
Please note that ruptures are a type of unintended or uncontrolled liquid or gas release incident. For more detailed information on ruptures, please refer to the Pipeline Ruptures section of the NEB’s website.
Figure 9: Number of UAs by Province, 2015 vs. (Jan-Mar) 2016
Figure 9: Details
- There were 224 UAs reported in 2015 and 24 UAs reported in the first three months of 2016.
Figure 10: Number of UAs by Type per year, 2010 – March 2016
Figure 10: Details
- Vehicle crossing was the most prevalent type of UA reported in the first three months of 2016.
Figure 11: Number of UAs by Violator Type per year, 2010 – March 2016
Figure 11: Details
- In the first three months of 2016, landowners were the leading violator type.
Figure 12: Number of UAs by First-Time vs. Repeat Violators per year, 2010 – March 2016
Figure 12: Details
- The trend in the number of first-time vs. repeat violators continues in 2016, with more first-time violators than repeat violators.
Please note: The incident data shown represents a single point in time. As investigations are completed for open incidents, or as new information becomes available, the incident record is updated and may change certain aspects of the incident record including whether the incident remains reportable under the applicable regulations. Accordingly, the incident data shown is subject to change.
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