Accessing Emergency Management Program Information

On 5 April 2016 the National Energy Board (NEB or Board) issued Order MO-006-2016 requiring companies that hold an authorization to construct or operate an oil or gas pipeline, or a gas processing plant, under the jurisdiction of the National Energy Board (company or companies) to publish their current Emergency Procedures Manuals (Manuals) applicable to NEB-regulated facilities on company websites.

When issuing Order MO-006-2016 the Board noted that making Manuals public was the first step in making more emergency management information publicly available. The Board had previously consulted Canadians through the Emergency Management Transparency Consultation process on the type of emergency management information that should be made public. A significant amount of the information that Canadians requested be made available related to a pipeline company’s Emergency Management Program (EM Program) required under the National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations (OPR). The EM Program contains information that is not set out in the Manual.

On 8 September 2016, the Board initiated a comment process on its Notice of Intent to Order Pipeline Companies to Publish Emergency Management Program Information on company websites. The closing date for comments on the Notice of Intent was 11 October 2016.

The Board received eight letters of comment in response to its Notice of Intent. Comments received may be viewed here:

After considering the comments received on its Notice of Intent, the Board has decided to require companies, with some exceptions, to publish EM Program information on their publicly available websites by 31 July 2017. The Order can be viewed below. Appendix A of the Order contains the minimum EM Program information to be published, informed by comments received on the Notice of Intent and the Emergency Management Transparency Consultation process.

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