Alberta releases long-awaited pipeline review
CALGARY - The Alberta government has released the long-awaited independent study it commissioned into pipeline safety.
And overall, the review conducted by the provincial energy regulator and Group 10 Engineering found that Alberta's oversight of pipelines is strong and that it compares favourably with other jurisdictions around the world.
But the review included 17 recommendations to further improve the system when it comes to pipeline integrity, the safety of pipelines crossing water and spill response.
The Alberta government commissioned the report last summer after a spate of oil spills, including a 475,000-litre leak from a Plains Midstream Canada pipeline in Central Alberta last spring.
For months, opposition politicians and other critics have been urging Alberta Energy Minister Ken Hughes to make the results of the study public.
Among other things, Hughes has asked the Alberta Energy Regulator to lead the development of a management system to make sure operators are using "leading edge" technology to respond to spills.