NEB Releases Final Audit Report into TransCanada Pipelines Integrity Management Program

NEB Releases Final Audit Report into TransCanada Pipelines Integrity 
Management Program 
CALGARY, Feb. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB or the Board) 
today released its final report detailing its audit of TransCanada PipeLines 
Limited's (TransCanada) Integrity Management Program. The Board finds that 
TransCanada has identified the majority, and most significant, of its hazards 
and risks, however there are areas where the company was found to be out of 
compliance. TransCanada will be required to submit a corrective action plan 
for Board approval within 30 days of this report being issued that clearly 
lays out how it will address non-compliant findings. This audit is one of six 
comprehensive management system audits conducted by the Board each year. 
Pipeline companies under the Board's regulation are required to incorporate 
Integrity Management Programs into their day-to-day operations. These programs 
include the tools, technologies and actions needed to ensure that pipelines 
are safe and remain that way over time. Integrity Management Programs also 
enable companies to predict and prevent pipelines incidents. A finding of 
non-compliance may not necessarily mean that there is an immediate hazard, 
however a corrective action is required in order for the company's system to 
remain safe. If any non-compliance was deemed to pose an immediate hazard the 
Board would take appropriate enforcement action. 
"Audits are an effective tool to promote compliance and proactively detect and 
correct non-compliances before they become issues." said Gaétan Caron, the 
Chair and CEO of the NEB. "The facilities we regulate are safe and the 
environment in which they operate is well protected. At the same time, we are 
Canada's energy watchdog and our work is never finished. We strive to 
continually improve. This audit report is a case in point." 
The audit also investigated allegations brought to the NEB's attention by a 
Whistleblower against TransCanada's integrity management practices. This audit 
has confirmed that TransCanada has developed and implemented corrective 
actions to prevent future similar non-compliances. 
The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts 
of Canada's energy industry with the safety of Canadians and protection of the 
environment as its top priority. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy 
development and trade in the Canadian public interest. For more information on 
the NEB and its mandate, please visit 
This news release is available on the NEB's website at under 
What's New! 
To view the full Audit Report, please visit 
Fact Sheet: The NEB Audit Process 
Fact Sheet: The NEB's Enforcement Toolkit 
Fact Sheet: Pipeline Safety 

SOURCE  National Energy Board 
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