Safety performance dashboard
The National Energy Board (NEB or Board) holds those we regulate accountable to protect the safety of Canadians and the environment. As part of this accountability, companies must report events such as incidents and unauthorized activities to the Board. Our glossary explains these terms and others used in the dashboard. Knowing what happened, and why, can help in finding ways to prevent future events.
Scroll through the dashboards below to learn about the number and type of events, how many posed harm, base causes, violators and locations. Move left or right through the dashboards using the arrows beside the description at the top. You can also choose the information you would like to see and focus on certain companies, years, places, or events.
Companies report the data used in these dashboards. The NEB checks the data’s quality and consistency in consultation with regulated companies. Therefore, the data may change as the NEB receives additional information.
- This chart shows the total number of events reported by companies each year. The NEB uses these numbers to externally report the number of incidents and unauthorized activities. However, each incident or unauthorized activity may have one or more event types. For example, one incident could involve a fire and a spill. The bars show the number of events reported with multiple types versus the number where only a single type was reported. Use the filters to choose the events and companies you are interested in. Use the arrows to the left and right to navigate through the dashboards.
- This graph shows the types of events reported to the Board. A single event may have more than one type. For example, one incident could involve a fire and a spill and show up as two event types on this graph. As a result of this double counting, the number of events on this graph would add up to a higher number than the total number of events you saw on a previous graph. Use the filters to choose the events, event types, and companies you are interested in. If you are looking at “release of substance” type of events you can also choose to show the volume released.
- Most incidents do not harm people or the environment but the NEB needs to know about all incidents. This chart shows incidents that posed, or may have posed, a higher risk of harm to people or the environment. The pie graphs show the percentage of incidents each year which were classified in this category. The bar graphs show the number and type of incidents each year that harmed, or may have harmed, people and the environment. Use the filter to choose the companies you are interested in.
- What happened? This graph shows the circumstances that directly led to each incident. Companies usually provide cause data to the NEB within 12 weeks after an incident is reported. Incidents cannot be included on this graph until the cause data is submitted. The causes are grouped into 6 high-level categories which are explained in the glossary. See the link near the top of the page. Use the filters to choose the types, years, causes, and companies you are interested in. You can choose to view data back to 2008.
- Why did it happen? This graph shows the underlying reasons for the incident in 10 high-level categories. Companies are required by regulation to identify the causes and implement corrective/preventative actions. They must submit that data to the NEB. Technical staff reviews it to ensure the causes and actions identified are appropriate. In many cases the NEB sends information requests which ask the companies additional questions. Use the filters to choose the types, years, causes and companies you are interested in. You can choose to view data back to 2008.
- This graph shows the type of violator that committed each unauthorized activity. In a sense, these activities are “near-misses” that were not authorized by the pipeline company and occurred close enough to the pipeline that damage could have occurred. In some cases the company is not able to identify the violator so it is listed as unknown. Companies usually provide violator data to the NEB within 30 days after an unauthorized activity is reported. Unauthorized activities are not included on this graph until the violator data is submitted. Prior to 2010 the NEB collected information differently, so data for 2008 and 2009 cannot be shown using these categories. Use the filters to choose the violator types and companies you are interested in.
- This map shows the number of events reported in each province from 2008 to 2018. Broadly speaking, the NEB finds that more incidents occur in provinces with a higher number of pipelines. However, this is not a direct or simple relationship. The NEB is working on providing normalized incident data to better show this relationship. Use the filters to choose the events, types, years, and companies you are interested in.
We welcome your feedback
Let us know what you think of the new performance dashboard, and what else you’d like to see here by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous safety and environment performance dashboards are also available through the archive web page.
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