NEB Releases Final Audit Report into TransCanada Pipelines Integrity
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 www.neb-one.gc.ca.
This news release is available on the NEB's website at www.neb-one.gc.ca under
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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