Safety and environmental performance dashboard

It is the National Energy Board’s (NEB) job to make sure companies are doing what it takes to keep their pipelines safe. The NEB does not simply make a decision or recommendation on a project and walk away. The NEB oversees safety for the full lifecycle of a project – from construction and operation to the end of its use. We hold those we regulate accountable so that the safety of Canadians and the environment is protected.

Pipeline incidents

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Total Number of Events Resulting in Reportable Incidents per year
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Jan-Mar 2017
Total Events 55 85 114 103 159 127 89 118 122 46
Single Incident Events 52 79 110 101 153 124 84 116 117 44
Multiple Incident Events 3 6 4 2 6 3 5 2 5 2
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Number of Incidents by Type
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Jan-Mar 2017
Adverse Environmental Effects 5 0 4 0 1 0 3 7 1 0
Explosions 0 2 1 0 7 0 0 3 2 2
Fatalities 2 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
Fires 10 17 13 22 34 17 16 23 27 18
Gas Releases 26 53 64 66 72 60 49 51 47 10
Liquid Releases 9 7 7 6 3 9 9 6 5 3
Miscellaneous Releases 3 2 2 0 3 1 8 14 5 5
Operation Beyond Design Limits 0 6 24 6 37 42 5 13 33 7
Serious Injuries 3 5 3 2 9 2 2 2 3 2
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Immediate Causes of All Incident Types
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Jan-Mar 2017
Cracking 7 15 8 14 14 11 6 12 11 0
Equipment Failure 20 32 62 34 44 25 29 22 21 6
External Corrosion 0 3 1 2 3 4 2 6 0 0
External Interference 3 3 0 1 3 1 0 13 3 2
Incorrect Operation 7 8 11 17 26 21 35 43 42 1
Internal Corrosion 1 2 0 0 1 2 1 2 1 1
Material Defect 11 15 29 26 30 19 13 5 1 0
Material Degradation 0 2 0 0 0 4 2 0 2 1
Natural Force Damage 0 1 0 1 0 3 8 3 6 0
Operating Conditions 8 8 12 14 28 46 16 52 50 4
Other Causes 0 0 2 2 29 0 3 4 11 2
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Basic Causes of All Incident Types
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Jan-Mar 2017
Engineering and Planning 5 12 27 21 21 49 26 41 28 3
Individual Factors 7 4 23 9 16 6 13 28 17 1
Leadership and Communication 5 11 4 5 11 6 8 24 14 1
Maintenance 34 58 58 63 111 55 42 40 31 6
Natural or Environmental Forces 0 0 4 1 1 2 2 0 19 3
Purchasing 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 2 0 0
Standards and Procedures 14 17 9 16 32 15 16 27 11 0
Tools and Equipment 4 5 3 5 4 6 6 10 20 1
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Immediate Causes of Releases
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Jan-Mar 2017
Cracking 7 15 8 14 13 11 6 12 10 0
Equipment Failure 14 19 34 23 36 22 27 16 18 5
External Corrosion 0 3 1 2 3 4 2 5 0 0
External Interference 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 8 0 0
Incorrect Operation 3 2 5 6 3 8 23 24 13 1
Internal Corrosion 1 2 0 0 1 2 1 2 1 1
Material Defect 10 15 26 24 22 15 10 5 1 0
Material Degradation 0 2 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 0
Natural Force Damage 0 1 0 1 0 3 6 2 0 0
Operating Conditions 0 4 3 2 5 8 5 24 10 3
Other Causes 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 5 0
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Basic Causes of Releases
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Jan-Mar 2017
Engineering and Planning 3 10 16 16 15 13 17 25 13 1
Individual Factors 4 1 4 2 3 3 5 14 5 0
Leadership and Communication 2 5 2 1 1 3 3 13 4 1
Maintenance 23 45 49 50 59 45 36 28 22 4
Natural or Environmental Forces 0 0 2 1 1 2 0 0 5 2
Purchasing 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 0 0 0
Standards and Procedures 9 9 5 6 13 9 9 15 7 0
Tools and Equipment 2 5 1 1 0 5 5 6 4 1
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Liquid Releases and Volumes
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Jan-Mar 2017
Number of Releases 9 7 7 6 3 9 9 6 5 3
Volume Released (m3) 188.40 495.05 337.60 284.60 97.44 58.34 239.85 56.30 7.33 215.00
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Gas Releases and Volumes
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Jan-Mar 2017
Number of Releases 26 53 64 66 72 60 49 51 47 10
Volume Released (m3) 1,188.61 6,380,979.26 139,978.55 2,795,110.80 956,826.60 20,831,953.51 4,692,414.44 172,044.42 680,199.19 33,014.74
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Incidents that Harm People or the Environment
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Jan-Mar 2017
Adverse Environmental Effects 5 0 4 0 1 0 3 7 1 0
Liquid Releases Off Company Property 0 1 4 2 0 1 2 0 0 3
Serious Injuries 3 5 3 2 9 2 2 2 3 2
Fatalities 2 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
Gas Releases 2 13 3 3 4 5 5 11 6 1
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On/Off Company Property Liquid Releases 2008 - March 2017
Liquid Releases On Company Property Liquid Releases On Company Property
53 11
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Unauthorized Activities (UA)

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UAs by Type
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Jan-Mar 2017
Encroachment 8 11 12 6 11 10 12 25 35 14
Ground Disturbance 108 133 81 60 110 108 125 178 142 20
Vehicle Crossing 5 15 6 3 10 9 13 30 94 24
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Number of UAs by Violator Type
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Jan-Mar 2017
Contractor 0 0 58 37 70 81 88 105 94 18
Landowner 0 0 36 21 47 36 44 83 77 9
Municipality 0 0 4 11 14 10 13 28 23 4
Unknown 121 159 1 0 0 0 5 5 23 18
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Number of UAs by Province
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Jan-Mar 2017
Alberta 13 24 8 5 14 14 34 61 44 13
British Columbia 42 56 39 25 60 63 60 64 60 18
Manitoba 2 5 1 0 1 5 6 6 2 1
New Brunswick 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 7 2 1
Northwest Territories 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Nova Scotia 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 1 0
Ontario 22 37 25 22 30 18 20 46 63 12
Quebec 37 29 22 13 23 20 22 25 36 4
Saskatchewan 5 8 1 1 1 7 7 12 9 0
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Number of UAs by First-time Vs. Repeat Violators
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Jan-Mar 2017
First Time 106 148 89 62 109 112 119 184 185 30
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 13
Repeat 15 11 10 7 22 15 31 36 27 6
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