Tags: in the news
Author: Northern Gateway
Dated: 19 January 2012
There have been a few stories in the media lately related to Enbridge’s incident history on its pipeline systems. Unfortunately, the stories don’t provide readers with many of the details they’d need to understand the complete story.
As Enbridge discloses annually in its Corporate Social Responsibility Report, the vast majority of the spills that Enbridge experiences are small, they occur within Enbridge facilities (and never leave the site), and are discovered very soon after they occur - allowing for rapid response and clean-up and resulting in low, or no environmental impact.
In three of the past 10 years, Enbridge had no significant off-property releases on our liquids pipeline system in Canada and the United States. In the other seven years, we experienced one significant release each in 2003, 2009 and 2011, two each in 2002 and 2004, three in 2010, and four in 2007.
Contrary to the impression left by some media stories, spills are rare relative to the volume of liquids products that Enbridge transports. As the stories correctly point out, Enbridge safely delivered over 99.99% of the volume we transported in 2010, when we shipped almost a billion barrels of petroleum products through our system.
Having said that, no spill is acceptable to Enbridge because our goal is zero incidents. Our number one priority is the safety and integrity of our operations and to prevent all spills, leaks and releases. Since 2002, we have spent approximately $1 billion on our safety and maintenance programs for our Liquids Pipelines systems across North America.
The proposed Northern Gateway pipelines will be designed according to exacting Canadian Standards guidelines. No pipeline ruptures have been reported on pipeline systems built to these standards in the last 25 years.
Just as Enbridge does for all its pipelines, Northern Gateway will implement mitigation measures during design, construction and operation of the pipelines to prevent releases and to quickly respond should the need arise. These measures include, among others, avoidance of environmentally sensitive areas and special design requirements for areas such as road, river and creek crossings.
Although pipelines have long been proven to be the safest way of transporting oil and gas, Enbridge is working constantly to ensure safety by increasing the reliability of our pipelines and facilities.
Our number one social responsibility is to deliver energy reliably and safely and we will always live up to that standard.