NEB report outlines best available pipeline technologies

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The National Energy Board (NEB) has published a report that provides a detailed overview of the current state of pipeline technology and best practices used to keep people safe and the environment protected, including environment-specific considerations.

The report, entitled Best Available Technologies in Federally—Regulated Pipelines, examined: leak prevention and response; impact on water bodies and agricultural land; waste management; pipeline abandonment; and air emissions management.

Through the application process, the NEB requires pipeline companies to prove that the proposed technology and best practices provide the highest level of public safety and environmental protection. Should an application be approved, staff exercise oversight to ensure that company commitments related to the use of technology and best practices are fulfilled.

The report includes more than 110 specific examples of technology and best practices to keep pipelines safe. It includes detailed information on every stage of the pipeline lifecycle, from design to decommissioning.

"Pipeline technology continues to advance and when combined with a strong and well-understood safety culture, will achieve the best results for Canadians and for our environment,” said Peter Watson, NEB chief executive officer and chair.

The report is available here.

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