Dec. 8: Pipeline Safety Act Introduced

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The government introduced the Pipeline Safety Act, which includes measures to enhance Canada’s pipeline safety system. The proposed measures include:

  • Absolute liability for all National Energy Board-regulated pipelines, meaning that companies will be liable for costs and damages irrespective of fault
  • NEB authority to order reimbursement of any cleanup costs incurred by governments, communities or individuals
  • NEB authority and resources to assume control of incident response if a company is unable or unwilling to do so.