National Energy Board 2017-18 Departmental Results Framework – Program Inventory

Table of Contents by Program

Infrastructure, Tolls and Export Applications

The National Energy Board (NEB) makes decisions and recommendations, which include environmental assessments, on applications to construct, operate, decommission, and abandon pipelines and international and designated interprovincial power lines. The NEB also makes decisions on applications for pipeline tolls and tariffs so that they are just and reasonable, applications related to oil and gas exploration and drilling activities and infrastructure in certain northern and offshore areas of Canada, and applications for the export of oil, natural gas liquids, electricity and the export and import of natural gas. Participants in program processes include the applicant, interveners and commenters, or in the case of formal complaints received by the NEB, all parties to the complaint.

Participant Funding

The National Energy Board’s (NEB) Participant Funding Program provides funding to facilitate the participation of interveners in hearings with respect to new or abandonment projects for pipelines or power lines and Environmental Assessments of designated projects.

Company Performance

The National Energy Board (NEB) holds its regulated companies accountable for meeting regulatory requirements and project-specific conditions to prevent incidents and provide for the safety of Canadians and the protection of the environment during the construction, operation and abandonment phases of a project lifecycle. This includes requirements for companies to have adequate funds for abandonment. The NEB undertakes risk-based Compliance Verification Activities to determine company compliance with regulatory requirements in the technical areas of security, environmental protection, pipeline integrity, safety management, damage prevention, rights and interests, and financial regulation.

Management System and Industry Performance

The performance of the regulated industry results in energy infrastructure that is systematically reliable and safe for people, the environment, and property. The National Energy Board (NEB) requires companies to continually evaluate and improve the effectiveness of their management system and to implement corrective actions to prevent incidents. Where required, the NEB investigates and enforces regulatory requirements to prevent harm and acts to compel learnings for further system improvements. The NEB requires companies to promote a positive safety culture to effectively manage threats to worker health and safety, and process safety. Information acquired from this work is used by the NEB to continually improve its regulations and practices.

Emergency Management

Through its Emergency Management program, the National Energy Board (NEB) holds its regulated companies responsible for anticipating, preventing, managing and mitigating conditions during an emergency and for cleaning up and remediating contamination to NEB requirements and expectations. This also includes requirements for companies to have financial resources to pay for spill costs and damages. The NEB promotes the effectiveness of the broader response through mutual agreements and information sharing with all levels of government, including municipalities and First Responders.

Regulatory Framework

The National Energy Board’s (NEB) regulatory framework applies to all core responsibilities and is comprised of applicable Acts, regulations, guidance materials, documents, as well as certificates, orders and other regulatory instruments used to regulate the industry. The NEB develops and communicates regulations, guidance materials, and related processes to regulated companies and the public. The NEB adopts a continual improvement approach and updates elements of its framework based on policy shifts, best practices, and input from stakeholders.

Energy System Information

The National Energy Board (NEB) studies energy systems to inform its regulatory decisions and share energy market information with the public. The scope of NEB energy market reporting is diverse and includes traditional oil, gas and electricity information, as well as renewable energy, the role of emerging technologies, and the links between energy, economic, social, and environmental issues.

Pipeline Information

The National Energy Board (NEB) provides Canadians with information on pipelines including safety and environment issues in which the public is interested.

Stakeholder Engagement

The National Energy Board (NEB) uses a regional and community approach to engage with stakeholders to build awareness, confidence and responsiveness in the NEB and NEB regulatory processes. The NEB engages with landowners, municipalities and other orders of government, industry, non-governmental organizations, and others. The views and insights gained inform improvements to NEB regulatory practices, processes, and information materials.

Indigenous Engagement

The National Energy Board (NEB) uses a cooperative and respectful approach to engage with Indigenous Peoples to build and enhance relationships, build NEB knowledge in Indigenous communities and of Indigenous matters, and improve NEB regulatory practices, processes, and information materials.

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