May 14: New Pipeline Safety Measures
New measures to enhance Canada’s pipeline safety system were announced. The new measures introduce absolute liability for all National Energy Board (NEB)-regulated pipelines, meaning companies will be liable for costs and damages irrespective of fault. In addition, the measures give the NEB authority to:
- Order reimbursement of any cleanup costs incurred by governments, communities or individuals
- Provide guidance on the use of the best available technologies used in federally-regulated pipeline projects
- Assume control of incident response if a company is unable or unwilling to do so, such as in exceptional circumstances.