Alberta Energy Regulator names companies falling behind on safety in new report

Alberta Energy Regulator boosts safety reporting

CALGARY — The Alberta Energy Regulator is making it easier for the public to see which oil and gas companies are falling behind on pipeline safety.

The regulator launched a new pipeline reporting website Tuesday that lays out several pipeline safety ratings for all operators in the province over the past two years.

David Helmer, director of pipelines in industry operations at the regulator, said making the ratings public should help push companies to improve.

“Some companies will see how they show up compared with other companies. They will probably improve because they probably just don’t know where they’re sitting compared to other companies,” said Helmer at a news conference. “But the intention of the report is really to be transparent about the type of information that we look at and provide this information to the public.”  

He said some companies were very positive about the new reporting, but that others were concerned the data could be misinterpreted.

Last year, Enerplus Corp. topped the list for amount of liquid released with about 875,000 litres leaked, while Apache Canada Ltd. was second with about 629,000 litres.

On an incident per kilometre of pipeline ratio last year, Chinook Energy has the worst rating with about 52 incidents per 1,000 kilometres, followed by Osum Production Corp. with about 37 incidents per 1,000 kilometres.

None of the companies could be immediately reached for comment.

On the whole, pipeline incidents are on the decline in Alberta, with a 44 per cent drop in annual incidents over the past ten years and a three per cent drop between 2015 and 2016 to a total of 460 incidents last year.

Veronique Giry, vice president of industry operators at the regulator, said the trend is encouraging but the regulator continues to push for greater performance.

“While we are encouraged by these results, there is more that we can do because all pipeline incidents are preventable,” Giry said. “And one of the ways that we can help drive industry performance is by holding them more accountable to the public by reporting on their performance.”

The regulator has set a goal of reducing high-consequence incidents by two per cent in the fiscal year ending in March, and says its on track to reach that target.   

Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Kelowna-based pot chain acquired by international cannabis company

Compass Cannabis Clinic acquired in multi-million dollar deal by Isodiol International Inc.

Life on Munson Pond looking pretty bright

Earth Day event in Kelowna showcases work that’s four years in the making

Reel Reviews: Parlour games or video games

We say, “Rampage is silly fun and Truth or Dare is just silly”

Rain barrels, compost bins popular on Earth Day in Kelowna

Regional District’s annual sale sees all rain barrels sell in 90 minutes

Boil water notice in effect for Peachland

Interior Health recommends all customers drink boiled water or a safe alternative.

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Ballet Kelowna drives classic hit through Okanagan

A Streetcar Named Desire is at the Kelowna Community Theatre May 1-2, Vernon May 4

Low fog creates stunning views near Sicamous

Motorists on the highway between Salmon Arm and Sicamous were treated to spectacular scenery.

Dix says B.C. remains focused on fighting youth overdoses in wake of teen’s death

Elliot Eurchuk’s parents say he died at his Oak Bay home after taking street drugs

Okanagan-Similkameen freshet looms large: district

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen says property owners have window to prepare for flooding

Bussard to bring left-side power to Heat

Jade Bussard to join UBCO women’s volleyball squad for 2018-19 Canada West season

‘When everybody leaves: Counselling key to help Humboldt move on after bus crash

Dealing with life after a tragedy can be the worst part following a loss

KWIC swimmers compete in Montreal, Victoria

Kelowna-West Kelowna swimmers take to the pool at nationals and westerns.

Half-naked shooter guns down four, runs away in Nashville Waffle House shooting

Nashville police say they are looking for Travis Reinking in connection with the shooting

Most Read