NEB releases details of financial penalty to Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc.

August 17, 2018

The National Energy Board (NEB) has released full details of an Administrative Monetary Penalty (AMP) of $28,000 issued to Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc. (TNPI) for a 2016 contravention to a Board Order. The AMP was issued on July 10, 2018, and information outlining the companies’ violation are now publicly available following the allowed 30-day appeal timeline.

The non-compliance relates to an overpressure event on the TNPI pipeline connecting Nanticoke, Ontario, to Montréal, Quebec. In issuing the penalty, the NEB noted that the company had failed to report the incident in a timely fashion despite repeated regulatory interventions.

The NEB has issued this penalty following a thorough review of TNPI’s internal documentation, including an investigation report, which identified the root causes of the event and established corrective actions. Although there is no current risk to the public or environment, the NEB is closely monitoring TNPI’s activities, which are subject to safety orders and operating restrictions put in place over the past eight years.

The NEB holds companies accountable throughout the entire lifecycle of a project to ensure that people and the environment are protected. Enforcement actions are used when required to help promote regulatory compliance, and with the goal of preventing harm.

The complete Notice of Violation is available on our website.

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