Safety and environmental performance dashboard

It is the National Energy Board’s (NEB) job to make sure companies are doing what it takes to keep their pipelines safe. The NEB does not simply make a decision or recommendation on a project and walk away. The NEB oversees safety for the full lifecycle of a project – from construction and operation to the end of its use. We hold those we regulate accountable so that the safety of Canadians and the environment is protected.

Pipeline Incidents

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Total Number of Events Resulting in Reportable Incidents per year
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Total Events 55 85 114 103 159 127 89 118 123 174
Single Incident Events 52 79 110 101 153 124 84 115 114 171
Multiple Incident Events 3 6 4 2 6 3 5 3 9 3
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Number of Incidents by Type
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Adverse Environmental Effects 5 0 4 0 1 0 3 7 1 0
Explosions 0 2 1 0 7 0 0 3 2 2
Fatalities 2 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
Fires 10 17 13 22 34 17 16 23 27 33
Gas Releases 26 53 64 66 72 60 48 51 47 59
Liquid Releases 9 7 7 6 3 9 9 6 4 7
Miscellaneous Releases 3 2 2 0 3 1 9 14 5 10
Operation Beyond Design Limits 0 6 24 6 37 42 5 13 35 56
Serious Injuries 3 5 3 2 9 2 2 2 3 7
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What Happened (All Incident Types)
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Corrosion & Cracking 8 20 10 16 18 19 10 21 15 12
Defect & Deterioration 11 17 29 26 30 25 15 5 4 4
Equipment Failure 20 32 62 34 44 26 33 23 25 15
External Interference 11 11 12 15 30 50 18 59 57 71
Incorrect Operation 7 8 12 17 26 23 38 44 47 40
Natural Force Damage 0 1 0 1 0 4 8 4 7 13
Other Causes 0 0 2 2 29 0 3 4 8 6
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Why It Happened (All Incident Types)
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Engineering and Planning 5 12 27 21 21 52 26 42 29 43
Failure in communication 1 1 2 2 3 4 3 16 9 10
Human Factors 7 4 23 9 16 7 13 28 18 30
Inadequate Procurement 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 2 0 2
Inadequate Supervision 4 10 3 3 8 3 5 15 8 4
Maintenance 34 58 58 63 111 56 47 41 38 45
Natural or Environmental Forces 0 0 4 1 1 4 2 1 23 18
Standards and Procedures 14 17 10 16 32 16 17 27 11 7
Tools and Equipment 4 5 3 5 4 6 6 10 25 24
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What Happened (Releases)
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Corrosion & Cracking 8 20 10 16 17 19 10 20 15 12
Defect & Deterioration 10 17 26 24 22 19 11 5 3 2
Equipment Failure 14 19 34 23 36 23 31 17 21 12
External Interference 3 6 3 2 5 10 7 30 11 16
Incorrect Operation 3 2 6 6 3 9 26 25 13 13
Natural Force Damage 0 1 0 1 0 3 6 3 0 1
Other Causes 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 1
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Why It Happened (Releases)
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Engineering and Planning 3 10 16 16 15 15 17 26 13 10
Failure in communication 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 10 3 1
Human Factors 4 1 4 2 3 4 5 14 6 9
Inadequate Procurement 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 0 0 1
Inadequate Supervision 1 4 2 0 1 2 2 8 2 1
Maintenance 23 45 49 50 59 46 41 29 28 22
Natural or Environmental Forces 0 0 2 1 1 2 0 1 5 7
Standards and Procedures 9 9 6 6 13 10 10 15 7 4
Tools and Equipment 2 5 1 1 0 5 5 6 6 8
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Liquid Releases and Volumes
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of Releases 9 7 7 6 3 9 9 6 4 7
Volume Released (m3) 188.40 495.05 337.60 284.60 97.44 58.34 239.85 56.30 6.92 1109.75
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Gas Releases and Volumes
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of Releases 26 53 64 66 72 60 48 51 47 59
Volume Released (m3) 1,188.61 6,380,979.26 139,978.55 2,795,110.80 956,826.60 20,831,953.51 4,692,414.44 3,581,553.32 743,046.19 475,109.94
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Incidents that Harm People or the Environment
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Adverse Environmental Effects 5 0 4 0 1 0 3 7 1 0
Liquid Releases Off Company Property 0 1 4 2 0 1 2 0 0 4
Serious Injuries 3 5 3 2 9 2 2 2 3 7
Fatalities 2 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
Gas Releases 2 13 3 3 4 5 5 12 7 8
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On/Off Company Property Liquid Releases 2008 - September 2017
Liquid Releases On Company Property Liquid Releases On Company Property
55 12
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Unauthorized Activities (UA)

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UAs by Type
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Encroachment 8 11 12 6 11 10 12 25 35 43
Ground Disturbance 108 133 81 60 110 108 125 177 142 182
Vehicle Crossing 5 15 6 3 10 9 13 30 94 127
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UAs by Type
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Construction or Installation of a Facility (safety zone) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 16 17 18
Deep Tilling 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Ground Disturbance (right of way) 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 99 79 77
Ground Disturbance (safety zone) 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 73 53 55
Installation of an Overhead Line 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27
Unknown 121 159 98 69 131 127 130 0 1 41
Vehicular Crossing 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 32 65 66
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Number of UAs by Violator Type
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Contractor 0 0 58 37 70 81 88 105 96 117
Landowner 0 0 36 21 47 36 44 83 78 81
Local Government (municipal or provincial) 0 0 4 11 14 10 13 27 10 7
Municipality 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 13 11
Unknown 121 159 1 0 0 0 5 4 19 71
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Number of UAs by Province
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Alberta 13 24 8 5 14 14 34 60 44 58
British Columbia 42 56 39 25 60 63 60 64 59 100
Manitoba 2 5 1 0 1 5 6 6 2 6
New Brunswick 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 7 2 3
Northwest Territories 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Nova Scotia 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 1 2
Ontario 22 37 25 22 30 18 20 46 63 67
Quebec 37 29 22 13 23 20 22 25 35 40
Saskatchewan 5 8 1 1 1 7 7 12 9 10
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Number of UAs by First-time Vs. Repeat Violators
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
First Time 106 148 89 62 109 112 119 184 188 209
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 41
Repeat 15 11 10 7 22 15 31 36 27 37
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