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Pipelines are the safest form of oil transportation that exists. During the 10-year period between 2002 and 2011, oil pipelines in Canada operated with a 99.9994 per cent safety record.
How safe are pipelines? In relative terms, the amount of liquid spilled from pipelines in Canada compared to the total amount transported between 2002 and 2011 is equivalent to three teaspoons dripped out of a gasoline nozzle over the course of 50 fill-ups of 50 litres each.
(Source: Canadian Energy Pipeline Association)
Conversion vs. Construction
The Energy East Pipeline will be the most technologically advanced pipeline TransCanada has ever built. It would involve making roughly 3,000 kilometres of natural gas pipeline suitable for oil transportation, and building roughly 1,400 kilometres of new pipeline.
TransCanada has safely and successfully converted pipelines in the past, the most recent example being the conversion of Line One of the original natural gas mainline for the Keystone Pipeline. Our construction standards are the highest in the industry. Using the latest, most proven technology and techniques, we will ensure the safe and reliable delivery of oil with minimum impact to land and the environment.
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