New Mutual Emergency Assistance Agreement for Canadian Pipeline Industry

New Mutual Emergency Assistance Agreement for Canadian Pipeline Industry 
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 11/20/13 -- The Canadian Energy
Pipeline Association (CEPA) is proud to announce a Mutual Emergency
Assistance Agreement (MEAA) between its member companies that will
strengthen the existing emergency response process.  
"This agreement will formalize an already existing practice whereby
our member companies can share resources during an emergency," said
Brenda Kenny, president and CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline
Association. "It will allow employees to get the job done by removing
legal barriers that can sometimes cause delay." 
CEPA member companies include Access Pipeline Inc., Alliance Pipeline
Ltd., ATCO Pipelines, Enbridge Pipelines Inc., Inter Pipeline Ltd.,
Kinder Morgan Canada, Pembina Pipeline Corporation, Plains Midstream
Canada ULC, Spectra Energy Transmission, TransCanada PipeLines
Limited, TransGas Limited and Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc. 
During an emergency situation, CEPA member companies can call upon
each other to share additional human resources, equipment, and tools
that can increase their existing emergency response capabilities.
This industry agreement will help facilitate an even quicker response
to protecting people, the environment and property, if necessary.  
Canadians have repeatedly indicated that when emergencies occur, they
expect a rapid and complete emergency response.  
"Our member companies are committed to zero incidents. However, in
the off-chance that an incident does occur on any of our members'
pipeline systems, this agreement will enable our member companies to
work quickly and collaboratively, without hesitation." Kenny stated.
"This industry level agreement is a firm indication that the industry
is listening and working collectively to meet the needs and
expectations of Canadians." 
The agreement will be effective as of January 1, 2014.  
Through its CEPA Integrity First(R) program, CEPA members are
committed to advancing a safety culture, throughout the industry,
based on a strong foundation of leadership and continual improvement
leading to zero incidents. The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association
represents Canada's transmission pipeline companies who operate
approximately 115,000 kilometres of pipelines in Canada. In 2012,
these energy highways moved approximately 1.2 billion barrels of
liquid petroleum products and 5.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
Our members transport 97 per cent of Canada's daily natural gas and
onshore crude oil from producing regions to markets primarily
throughout North America. 
For more information on the Mutual Emergency Assistance Agreement,
please click here: Mutual Emergency Assistance Agreement or visit our
website at www.aboutpipelines.com. 
Contacts:
Sandra Burns
Manager, Communications
sburns@cepa.com
403 221 8764
 
 
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