Alberta wants pipeline safety review completed by Nov. 30

Province called for safety review following three pipeline spills earlier this year.

August 20, 2012   by The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Alberta wants a review into the safety of its vast network of oil and natural gas pipelines to be completed by the end of November.

The Energy Resources Conservation Board has released its request for proposals for an independent third-party to conduct the review.

The board wants the review to look at how pipeline breaches are responded to, how the integrity of pipelines are managed and the safety of pipelines near bodies of water.

The board says it wants to determine if its regulatory rules are good enough and what needs to be improved.

The province called for the safety review following three pipeline breaches in Alberta this year, including one that spilled 475,000 litres of oil into the Red Deer River.

The deadline for a third-party to apply to conduct the review is Aug. 28.

The request for proposals says the final report of the pipeline safety review is to be made public.

Environmental, land rights and other groups complained earlier this month that the Alberta government was shutting them out of the pipeline review process.

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