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[1] 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.

[1] Total kms include pipeline that is approved, under construction, operational, deactivated, decommissioned, and pending abandonment.

Pipeline Incidents

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.

See a map of reportable OPR incidents (2008 - present)
map of reportable OPR indicents

Dashboard

Figure 1: Total Number of Events Resulting in Reportable Incidents per year, 2008 – March 2016

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.
Table 1: Number of Incidents, 2008 – Mar 2016
Year Single Reportable Incident Event Multiple Reportable Incident Event Total Events
2008 50 0 50
2009 73 5 78
2010 108 2 110
2011 97 2 99
2012 150 5 155
2013 117 3 120
2014 70 3 73
2015 89 2 91
Jan-Mar 2016 16 1 17

Figure 2: Number of Incidents by Type, 2015 vs. (Jan-Mar) 2016

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.
Table 2: Number of Incidents by Type, 2008 vs. 2015
Year Gas Releases Fires Explosions Serious Injuries Significant Adverse Effects Fatalities Liquid Releases OBDL
2012 71 35 7 9 0 0 2 37
2013 56 15 0 2 0 1 9 41
2014 43 16 0 2 1 0 8 5
2015 42 20 3 2 6 0 5 13
Jan-Mar 2016 9 3 0 1 0 0 1 3

Figure 3: Number of Serious Injuries per year, 2008 – March 2016

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.
Table 3: Number of Serious Injuries 2008 - Mar 2016
Year Serious Injuries
2008 3
2009 5
2010 1
2011 1
2012 9
2013 2
2014 2
2015 2
Jan-Mar 2016 1

Figure 4: Number of Fatalities per year, 2008 – March 2016

Figure 4: Number of Fatalities per year, 2008 – March 2016
Figure 4: Details
  • There were no fatalities in the first three months of 2016.
Table 4: Number of Fatalities, 2008 - Mar 2016
Year Fatalities
2008 2
2009 0
2010 0
2011 3
2012 0
2013 1
2014 0
2015 0
Jan-Mar 2016 0

Figure 5: Number of Operation Beyond Design Limits (OBDL) Incidents per year, 2008 – March 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.
Table 5: Number of Operation Beyond Design Limits (OBDL) Incidents, 2008 - Mar 2016
Year Total
2008 0
2009 5
2010 25
2011 6
2012 37
2013 41
2014 5
2015 13
Jan-Mar 2016 3

Figure 6: Number of Fires and Explosions per year, 2008 – March 2016

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.
Table 6: Number of Fires and Explosions, 2008 - Mar 2016
Year Fire Explosion
2008 9 0
2009 14 2
2010 13 1
2011 22 0
2012 35 7
2013 15 0
2014 16 0
2015 20 3
Jan-Mar 2016 3 0

Figure 7: Total Volumes of Liquids Released vs. Number of Liquid Releases per year, 2008 – March 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.
Table 7: Total Volumes of Liquids Released Vs. Number of Liquid Releases, 2008 - Mar 2016
Year Total Volume Released (m³) # of Releases
2008 188.4 9
2009 495.05 7
2010 337.60 7
2011 284.60 6
2012 97.44 2
2013 58.34 9
2014 236.85 8
2015 54.3 5
Jan-Mar 2016 3 1

Figure 7(a): On/Off Company Property Liquid Releases by Location, 2008 – March 2016

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.
Table 7(a): On/Off Company Property Liquid Releases by Location, 2008 - Mar 2016
On Company Property Off Company Property
46 8

Figure 8: Number of Natural Gas and Other High Vapour Pressure Releases per year, 2008 – March 2016

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.
Table 8: Number of Natural Gas and Other High Vapour Pressure Releases, 2008 - Mar 2016
Year Total
2008 24
2009 51
2010 63
2011 63
2012 71
2013 56
2014 43
2015 42
Jan-Mar 2016 9

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.

Unauthorized Activities

Figure 9: Number of UAs by Province, 2015 vs. (Jan-Mar) 2016

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.
Table 9: Number of UAs by Province, 2014 - 2015
Province 2015 Jan-Mar 2016
Alberta 63 5
British Columbia 65 7
Manitoba 6 0
New Brunswick 7 0
Northwest Territories 0 1
Nova Scotia 0 0
Ontario 46 6
Quebec 25 3
Saskatchewan 12 2

Figure 10: Number of UAs by Type per year, 2010 – March 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.
Table 10: Number of UAs by Type, 2010 - 2015
  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Jan-Mar 2016
Ground Disturbance 81 60 110 108 125 180 7
Encroachment 12 6 11 10 12 26 8
Vehicle Crossing 6 3 10 9 13 29 10

Figure 11: Number of UAs by Violator Type per year, 2010 – March 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.
Table 11: Number of UAs by Violator Type, 2010 - 2015
  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Jan-Mar 2016
Contractor 58 37 68 80 24 111 6
Landowner 36 21 47 36 11 79 8
Municipality 4 11 14 10 3 15 5
Unknown 1 0 2 1 112 11 5

Figure 12: Number of UAs by First-Time vs. Repeat Violators per year, 2010 – March 2016

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.
Table 12: Number of UAs by First-Time Vs. Repeat Violators, 2010 - 2015
  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Jan-Mar 2016
First Time 89 62 109 112 107 181 16
Repeat 10 7 22 15 30 35 5

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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