The NEB is launching a plan to make working in the oil and natural gas sector safer, and to hold companies more accountable for how they manage their operations, particularly when it comes to protecting the environment.
July 19, 2011
by PLANT STAFF
CALGARY: The National Energy Board (NEB) is launching a plan to make working in the oil and natural gas sector safer, and to hold companies more accountable for how they manage their operations, particularly when it comes to protecting the environment.
The independent federal energy sector regulator said its Action Plan on Safety and Environmental Protection is focusing on worker safety, integrity of installations, damage prevention, and emergency preparedness and response.
“This action plan has been developed as part of our focus on continual improvement,” said NEB chair and CEO Gaétan Caron. “We have a responsibility to hold those we regulate accountable for results that are in the public interest, and also to continually update our own programs.”
One of the NEB’s goals is to take more explicit actions on safety and environmental protection by improving performance measures. It will also make clearer management system requirements under the Onshore Pipeline Regulation, with the expectation management will take “a systematic approach” to manage and reduce risks.
The board will also clarify and formalize its approach to reports of unauthorized activities on rights-of-way and in safety zones, and improve public accessibility to information about NEB programs as well as the performance of regulated companies.
As part of the plan, the NEB is holding a pipeline and facility safety forum in September 2012 to collaborate with other regulators and industry participants to develop solutions.
Dana Cornea, an NEB spokeswoman, says the action plan was not prompted by recent pipeline spills in Alberta and the Northwest Territories or by a proposal to build a new oil sands pipeline from Alberta to the BC coast.