On Wednesday, Aug. 28, the National Energy Board (NEB) became the Canada Energy Regulator (CER). For further information please visit our Implementing the Canadian Energy Regulator Act information page
The National Energy Board (NEB) is producing a series of short videos that explain many of our regulatory functions and the technical aspects of our work. If you want to learn more about what we do and how we do it, check it out. Have a topic you would like us to do a video on? Send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Full life-cycle regulation and NEB responsibilities
- Applications and hearings
- Building new facilities
- Damage prevention/Emergency management
Full life-cycle regulation and NEB responsibilities
A discussion with Iain Colquhoun NEB Professional Leader, Engineering.
When the complaints come from people whose land, business, home, or traditional or recreational activities are directly impacted by regulated facilities or activities, the NEB has a complaint resolution process to help resolve them.
With over 450 employees with expertise in law, environment, engineering, economics, community and Aboriginal relations, we make sure pipeline companies meet strict requirements to keep Canadians and the environment safe.
Canada is a vast nation with an incredibly diverse energy mix. An important part of our country’s future will be determined by how energy is produced and used.
We take safety, and the protection of the environment, seriously at the NEB.
Pipeline companies must follow the NEB Act and regulations, and any federal, provincial, or municipal requirements that apply when planning a project in Canada.
When a pipeline project is approved, a number of conditions are attached to that approval and some need to be met before construction can begin.
Applications and hearings
If a company wants to build or change an NEB – regulated pipeline they apply to us for permission. For major pipeline projects, our review can include a public hearing.
Public participation is an important part of any National Energy Board hearing.
When a major pipeline project is approved, one of the things companies have to do before starting construction is to get formal approval from the NEB of the exact location where the pipeline will be built.
Building new facilities
Valves serve a variety of functions on the pipeline systems regulated by the NEB.
For pipelines to safely operate, they need careful engineered design.
Use of testing technology is key to pipelines operating safely. One technology used is hydrostatic testing, a form of pressure test.
At the NEB, the safety of Canadians and the environment is our primary concern. And so, we regulate companies to maintain the highest level of pipe and fitting quality assurance.
In pipeline design, the safety of people and the environment is the principal focus.
Damage prevention/Emergency management
In an emergency, we are ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The NEB maintains an Emergency Operations Centre at its headquarters in Calgary which is activated in an emergency.
The NEB works hard to protect Canadians and our Environment. And this means regulating the ways companies build and operate pipelines.
Just like getting an oil change in a car, pipelines need regular preventative maintenance.
At the NEB, we do everything we can to ensure that companies follow regulations and best practices, so issues don’t arise with pipelines.
The NEB’s Damage Prevention Framework regulates requirements for companies and individuals to safely live and work near pipelines.
When the word abandonment is used in relation to pipelines, it means the company operating it would like to permanently stop using the pipeline to move oil or gas through it.
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