Pipeline Safety Forum 2015 – Program

Safety Forum 2015

Pipeline Safety Forum 2015 - Program [PDF2 1178 KB]

“Over the past two decades the environment that companies operate in has become increasingly complex, and the pace of change continues to accelerate.  With increased complexity, comes increased risk for catastrophic failure and poor operational performance. At the same time, society’s expectations for performance have never been higher. Injuries to personnel, impacts to the environment, and disruptions in production will no longer be tolerated. In other words, achieving Operational Excellence is both more important and more difficult than ever before. Yet there are a select few High-Reliability Organizations (HROs) that have defied this trend, and demonstrate extraordinary levels of excellence while operating in complex, high risk environments. This presentation will examine how these HROs leverage management systems and culture to thwart the impacts of complexity and achieve Operational Excellence.”

- Chris Seifert, Keynote Speaker

Tuesday 2 June 2015
8:00am Registration
8:45am Introduction and Welcome: National Energy Board Chair/ CEO - Peter Watson

Session 1


Outreach to Canadians on Pipelines

Peter Watson; Jonathan Timlin, Steven Rowe, National Energy Board

What the NEB communicated and what Canadians said about pipeline safety at meetings the Chair held with Canadians.

  • Share concerns Canadians identified about pipelines
  • Review what a regulator can do to address concerns
  • Discuss expectations the NEB has for industry to address these concerns
9:45am Health Break

Session 2


Keynote Speaker

Chris Seifert, Wilson Perumal

The importance of technical excellence working in concert with safety culture and management systems in making a pipeline system safe.

Session 3


Pipeline Issues in Municipalities

Mayor Scott Pearce, Canton de Gore PQ; Frederick Jones, MRC d'Argenteuil PQ; Warden Bev MacDougall, Lambton County ON; Brenda Gheran, NRCAER
Facilitator: Jim Fox, National Energy Board

A Panel discussion on municipal issues and priorities where oil and gas pipelines impact municipal infrastructure and require municipal resources.

  • Hear what issues municipalities encounter with regard to oil and gas pipelines
  • Identify means of better communication with a municipality and its residents
  • Discuss the degree of sharing required on emergency response plans
  • Observations on the integration of emergency response resources
12:00pm Lunch Provided

Session 4


Connecting Safety Culture to Technical Outcomes

Jim Donihee, CEPA; Mark Fleming, Saint Mary’s University, Tracey Scott, Alliance Pipeline
Facilitator and Presenter: Sandy Lapointe, National Energy Board

The importance of improving safety culture and its role in achieving safety and environmental protection during technical activities.

  • Identify barriers to improving culture at key organizational levels
  • Review industry initiatives to assess and improve safety culture
  • Identify strategies for improving a culture of safety across industry
  • Hear what the NEB can do to advance improvements in safety culture for industry

Session 5


Using Operational Audits as a Continual Improvement Tool

Alex Eddington, SPAN Consulting
Facilitator and Presenter: Ken Colosimo, National Energy Board

Going beyond the normal regulatory compliance audit to an audit where input on how to improve is gathered for management reviews.

  • Discuss the audits role in improving compliance, improving culture and finding opportunities for continual improvement.
  • Identify how audits can be integrated with performance indicators into a management review
  • Discuss pitfalls in selectively auditing system elements
2:40pm Health Break

Session 6


Right of Way Issues and Solutions

Pierre Lemieux, Union des producteurs agricoles du Québec; David Core, Canadian Association of Energy Pipeline Landowner Associations; Humphrey Banack, Canadian Federation of Agriculture
Facilitator: Lorna Patterson, National Energy Board

The issues private property on Right-of-Ways is exposed to during the lifecycle of a pipeline and what mitigation and solutions are available.

  • Discussion on some landowner issues with pipeline operation
  • Identify means of avoiding issues on Right-of Ways in the future
  • Discuss research needs for mitigating concerns

Session 7


Western Regulators Forum

Mark Taylor, Alberta Energy Regulator; Mayka Kennedy, British Columbia Oil & Gas Commission; Chris Loewen, National Energy Board
Facilitator: Alan Pentney, National Energy Board

The Western Canadian provinces and the NEB have agreed to collaborate on regulatory approaches.

  • Identify what safety initiatives regulators are working on jointly and individually
  • Discuss what and how pipeline safety information should be publicized to the public
  • Hear what regulators should be considering for the future
4:40pm End of day
Wednesday 3 June 2015
8:00am Coffee and Networking
8:25am Announcements

Session 8


Valves at Water Crossings for Outflow Control

Mark Stephens, C-FER Technologies; Kori Patrick, Enbridge; Rob Sillner, TransCanada PipeLines
Facilitator: Rob Steedman, National Energy Board

The issues with identifying the significant risks under CSA Z662 for valve placement at water crossings. Balancing public fears with practicality.

  • Discuss the holistic approach - keep the product in the pipe and minimize any impacts
  • Provide outflow modeling approach to support management of risk
  • Review an example of how a company addresses risk through valve placement
  • Discuss how leak detection, control room operation, and valve placement can be optimized for maximum protection
9:45am Health Break

Session 9


Emergency Response and Stakeholder Expectations

Brian Lamond, Spectra Energy; Glenn Reierson, TransCanada PipeLines; Paul Boissonneault, Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
Facilitator: Keith Landra, National Energy Board

Pipeline spills are of concern to everyone; the public, the company and the regulator. The public expects spills to be prevented, minimized if they occur and the environmental consequences must be low. How can public expectations be met in responses to liquid leaks and gas releases?

  • Review the importance of emergency preparedness engagement with stakeholders
  • Identify what new standards will do to for emergency management
  • Explore how efficient spill response should be and what companies can do better

Session 10


Pipelines and People - Preventing Damage and Harm

Mike Sullivan, Canadian Common Ground Alliance; Mark Stephens, C-FER Technologies; Alan Murray, Principia Consulting
Facilitator: Robert Hadden, Kinder Morgan Canada

How an effective damage prevention program works in concert with class location in an effective integrity management program.

  • Discuss how public awareness programs can be effective in preventing pipeline damage
  • Review how pipeline design based on location is necessary for protecting the public
  • Discuss how design changes must occur when land use changes
11:50am Final Notes: National Energy Board Chair/ CEO Peter Watson
12:00pm Close of Forum
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