Compliance Verification Activity Report 1516-136 – Plains Midstream Canada ULC

Compliance Verification Activity Report - Plains Midstream Canada ULC [PDF 347 KB]

Type of Compliance Verification Activity: Field Inspection

Activity #: 1516-136
Activity start: 29/09/2015
Activity End: 29/09/2015

Related Activity Numbers: 1516-137

Inspection Officer Number(s): 2477, 2507T

Incident #: 2014-085
Landowner Complaint File #:

Company: Plains Midstream Canada ULC

Facility Name(s): Milk River Terminal
Incident 2014-085 was determined to be non-reportable to the NEB.
The Terminal has a split jurisdiction between the NEB and AER. NEB jurisdication covers a 10,000 barrel tank and outgoing pipeline system that crosses the US border.

Province(s): Alberta

Theme(s): Environmental Protection

Compliance Tools Used:


This activity was undertaken to verify compliance with the following regulatory requirements.

 X  NEB Act

 X  Onshore Pipeline Regulations

    CSA Standard Z662 Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems


    Electricity Regulations

    Processing Plant Regulations

    Pipeline Crossing Regulations Part I

    Pipeline Crossing Regulations Part II

Regulatory Instrument

XO-5-92, XO-P384-011-2012

Observations & Discussion

Observations & Discussion
Date visited Location Theme Compliance Confirmed
29-Sep-15 Milk River Terminal Environmental Protection Yes


- There are six groundwater monitoring wells at the Terminal. All wells had secure casing in good condition and were locked.
- Perimeter fencing is clear of vegetation and in good condition. Proper signage was observed along the fence, and the panic gate was functional.
- Weed spraying was evident along the fenceline. A Plains Midstream representative stated that spraying is conducted annually at this facility.
- Plains Midstream representative indicated that building drains are checked every month, and if needed the contents are emptied into the sump, which is monitored electronically on a daily basis.
- Four pipelines run through the inlet and outlet meter stations carrying Hardisty and Bow River crude. Pipelines were labeled with product name and flow direction.
- Fire extinguisher on outside of the outlet meter building and inside the storage and MCC buildings had up-to-date annual and monthly inspection tags.
- Trap door around riser valves had secondary containment with drains leading to the sump on the south end of the terminal.
- Tank dip for monitoring the interstitial space in the double-walled tank was in secure screw-top casing. Plains Midstream representative stated that this is checked monthly.
- Pipeline scrapers are cleaned in a heated glycol bath in a storage building. The glycol tub and drying scrapers were placed in secondary containment, and there was a labeled garbage bin (with lid) for used rags.
- Waste bins were located outside of the fence line on gravel pad. There were two bins for soil, sulphur, catalyst, and carbon only waste, and one bin for filters, bags, and absorbants only waste. A Plains Midstream representative stated that a contractor empties the bins on an as-needed basis.
- In the fuel storage building, all fuels and hazardous materials are labeled and stored in secondary containment, including an unlocked flammable liquid storage cabinet.
- Varsol tank is stored outside in a secondary containment berm.
- Drains in the cut shack drain into double-walled containment outside the building. WHMIS labels are present on the containment.
- An MSDS book, Emergency Response Procedure sheet and mercury spill kit are located on the walls inside the cut shack.
- All buildings observed were clean and kept in an orderly condition.
- Secondary containment was observed around onsite tankage. Plains Midstream representatives stated that secondary containment at the site is monitored on a monthly basis.
- A cathodic protection rectifier box had a label stating the CSA C22.2 No. 107 requirement to keep the box padlocked. No lock was observed on the box. Plains Midstream representatives stated that the box was not locked as it is located within a secure facility, and that other boxes that not in a secure location are kept locked. In a follow-up response on 1 October 2015, Plains Midstream representatives stated that it was determined that a CEC regulation requires that the actual enclosure of the rectifiers be locked, and provided photographs showing locks placed on both on-site rectifier boxes. NEB staff are satisfied with this response and have no concerns.

Compliance Summary


This notice reflects the observations of non-compliance with regulatory requirements or company commitments, made by the inspection officer during the compliance verification activity. If the corrective actions identified are implemented by the completion date, the matter is considered resolved. Any unresolved compliance matters will be addressed by the inspection officer and may be referred to NEB enforcement staff.

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