According to the National Energy Board, "the NEB, as the
regulator responsible for pipeline safety across Canada, already
has in place a regulatory framework that reflects the essence of
the recommendations made by Group 10. In noting the
recommendations, the Board has identified some information in the
[Alberta] report that could be potentially misleading and we would
like to clarify some points about NEB regulations." See NEB.
Entertaining as it is to see federal and provincial regulators
criticizing each other in public, Ecojustice has pointed out that both
regulators are focusing on what their regulations say. Neither has
put forward good data on how much, if at all, their regulations are
actually enforced, or on key environmental questions, such
as: "What is the root cause of the significant pipeline
leaks?" or "What is the condition of the aging pipeline
The Alberta report was issued in consultation with industry, but
excluding all public interest and environmental groups. They will
now have an opportunity to comment, but without data on enforcement
and causation of leaks. The NEB is promising to "release its
definition of safety culture including the identification of
attributes and indicators for public consultation in October of
this year – this will address one of the key recommendations
in the Senate Committee report" on on Moving Energy Safely: A Study of the Safe
Transport of Hydrocarbons by Pipelines, Tankers and Railcars in
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