Making emergency management program and other emergency management information accessible
Canadians indicated that several types of emergency management information should be made publicly available. This is identified in the accompanying Concordance Table where linkages are made to legislation and standards. Much of the information requested is part of a pipeline company’s Emergency Management Program, established under the National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations, and is not normally part of a pipeline company’s Manual.
The Board has issued an Order compelling companies under the jurisdiction of the NEB to publish EM Program Information on company websites. To view the Order and related information, see the link below:
The Board will also:
- Update the NEB’s application Filing Manual so that emergency management programs are sufficiently described in a company’s application.
- Examine the merits of incorporation of the Canadian Standards Association CSA Z246.2 standard into the Onshore Pipeline Regulations. This will provide additional detail on how companies can develop, implement, maintain and evaluate an emergency preparedness and response program.
On 11 January, 2017 the National Energy Board launched an online comment process on proposed changes to Emergency Management Filing Requirements in the NEB’s Filing Manual. The closing date for comments on the proposed changes was 13 March 2017.
Companies regulated under the NEB Onshore Pipeline Regulations were notified of the consultation by letter, with direction they “ ...distribute a copy of this letter to agencies and organizations that may be involved in an emergency response on the pipeline and to those it has consulted in the development of its Emergency Management Program as required under the National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations.”
The Board received comments from seven organizations and an individual in response to the proposed changes. Comments may be viewed here.
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