National Energy Board Approval of Westcoast Energy Inc. Corrective Action Plan (CAP) developed in response to the 2017 Audit of Westcoast Energy Inc. Pipeline Patrol Activities

National Energy Board Approval of Westcoast Energy Inc. Corrective Action Plan (CAP) developed in response to the 2017 Audit of Westcoast Energy Inc. Pipeline Patrol Activities [PDF 89 KB]

File OF-Surv-OpAud-W102-2016-2017 01
27  April 2017

Mr. Mark Fiedorek, President
Accountable Officer
Westcoast Energy Inc., carrying on business as Spectra Energy Transmission
Suite 2600, East Tower
425 1st Street SW Fifth Avenue Place
Calgary, AB  T2P 3L8
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Dear Mr. Fiedorek:

  • National Energy Board Approval of Westcoast Energy Inc. Corrective Action Plan (CAP)
    developed in response to the 2017 Audit of Westcoast Energy Inc. Pipeline Patrol Activities

The National Energy Board (NEB or Board) hereby approves Westcoast Energy Inc.’s CAP submitted by letter dated 27 March 2017 in response to the findings identified in the Board’s audit of Westcoast Energy Inc.’s pipeline patrol activities.

The Board notes the following:

  • Commitments described in the CAP will be verified during the implementation assessments.
  • CAPs will be reviewed to verify that they include ongoing preventive measures are to prevent recurrence.

The Board finds Westcoast Energy Inc.’s proposed approach to addressing the deficiencies is acceptable. Accordingly, the Board directs that all corrective actions be completed on or before the dates set out in Table 1.

The Board will make the CAP public and will continue to monitor and assess all of Westcoast Energy Inc.’s corrective actions with respect to this audit until they are fully implemented. The Board will also continue to monitor the implementation and effectiveness of patrol activities through targeted compliance verification activities as a part of its on-going regulatory mandate.

For all findings that remain open, the Board will continue to assess TMPU’s efforts to satisfy the CAP. The two outstanding CAP items from the Pre-Construction Audit and the corresponding submission dates are shown in the following table. In addition, the Board will continue to follow up with TMPU to assess the establishment of the processes and activities that could not be assessed at the time of the audit because they were not yet required due to the stage of construction.

Table 1 – CAP Due Dates
Due Date Westcoast Energy Inc. CAP Findings addressed
31 July 2017 1.1 Right of Way Patrols Observing conditions and activities
(CSA clause 10.6.1.1)
31 July 2017 3.1 Operational Control-Normal Operations Establishing and implementing a process for coordinating and controlling – OPR s.6.5 (q)
29 September 2017 4.3 Internal Audit Develop a plan for conducting periodic assessments of compliance with applicable legal requirements regarding Pipeline Patrols
(NEB OPR section 6.5)

In the coming days, the Lead Auditor will contact Westcoast Energy Inc. representative whom we have copied on this letter to arrange the document review for the CAP. If you require any further information or clarification during the review, please contact Niall Berry, Lead Auditor, at 403-471-1921.

Yours truly,

Original signed by

Sheri Young
Secretary of the Board

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