TransCanada Still in Violation of Some Environmental Rules

Bloomberg BNA — Canada's National Energy Board released its final report April 24 detailing continued noncompliance findings in an audit of Keystone XL proponent TransCanada Pipelines Limited's environmental protection, emergency management, safety management, third party crossings and public awareness programs.

The regulator's February report, “National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999 (OPR-99) Final Audit Report for Integrity Management Programs,” said the company was noncompliant in hazard identification, risk assessment and control, operational control in upset or abnormal operating conditions, inspection, measurement and monitoring, and management review.

The latest report said TransCanada has identified most of its hazards and risks, but remains out of compliance in some areas.

The company is required to submit a corrective action plan for NEB approval within 30 days of the report detailing how it will address findings of noncompliance. TransCanada spokesman Davis Sheremata said the company would do so by the end of April.

“NEB audits proactively identify those aspects of a company's management system that are working well along with those that need to be improved,” NEB chair Gatan Caron said in an April 24 news release. “This process of continual improvement moves industry closer to achieving the Board's target of zero incidents.”

It said a noncompliance finding may not indicate an immediate hazard. However, corrective action is required for the company's system to remain safe.

Sheremata told Bloomberg BNA the company is pleased with the audit's conclusions, including recognition of best practices TransCanada has implemented.

“These findings point to the need to better document our internal processes, and do not represent a threat to the safety of the public, our workers or the environment,“ Sheremata said.

The NEB launched the audit of TransCanada Corp., including its Keystone XL pipeline, in response to allegations of problems in the pipeline company's operating practices.

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