Many Canadians have concerns about pipeline safety. We understand those concerns, which is why we invest close to $1 billion on pipeline safety each year. That’s $115,000 invested – every hour – to ensure our pipelines operate safely and reliably.
(Watch this animation: Safely transporting the oil we need)
The projected frequency of a full pipeline rupture in any given location along the length of Energy East is one in 16,000 years. 1 in 16,000 years!
Even if they are extremely low, we take these odds very seriously. This is why we develop emergency response plans to ensure we can safely respond in the most efficient way possible.
So, how ready are we if an incident happens?
We are ready. Just last year, our teams conducted over 100 emergency drills and exercises across our 70,000-kilometre network of pipelines. These simulations are very important. They allow our teams to work with local agencies and first responders to practice the skills and communication protocols that would be required if a serious incident was to happen on one of our pipelines.
(See what an emergency drill is about)