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Best Available Technologies in Federally-Regulated Pipelines report now online

Press Release

From National Energy Board

Technology combined with a strong safety culture will improve pipeline safety

February 22, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta – National Energy Board

The National Energy Board (NEB) has published a report entitled Best Available Technologies in Federally-Regulated Pipelines (Report) that provides a detailed overview of the current state of technology and best practices used to keep people safe and the environment protected.

Minister Carr requested that the NEB include environment-specific considerations. The NEB pursued the following areas of environmental protections: leak prevention and response; impact on water bodies and agricultural land; waste management; pipeline abandonment; and air emissions management.

NEB staff experts apply strong scientific and technological oversight through all stages of a pipeline’s lifecycle, from design and application, to construction and operation, and finally to decommissioning.

Through the application process, the NEB requires pipeline companies to prove that the proposed technology and best practices provide the highest level of public safety and environmental protection. Should an application be approved, NEB staff exercise strict oversight to ensure that company commitments related to the use of technology and best practices are fulfilled. Failure to do so may result in the use of enforcement action.

The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada’s energy industry. It regulates pipelines, energy development and trade in the public interest with safety as its primary concern. For more information on the NEB and its mandate, please visit

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“Pipeline technology continues to advance and when combined with a strong and well-understood safety culture, will achieve the best results for Canadians and for our environment. We are pleased to have relied on NEB staff expertise to create this report for the Minister, and to now share this information with Canadians.” – Peter , CEO/Chair, National Energy Board

Quick Facts

  • The Report includes more than 110 specific examples of technology and best practices to keep pipeline safe.
  • The Report includes detailed information on every stage of the pipeline lifecycle, from design to decommissioning.

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Darin Barter
Communications and Engagement
National Energy Board
Telephone: 403-837-5267



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