The VP of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) says an average of three major pipeline incidents per year represents an improved safety record for the embattled industry.
Oil tanker traffic along British Columbia’s (B.C.’s) coast could increase as much as five-fold if approval is granted for the Northern Gateway pipeline and an expansion of the Kinder Morgan line through Vancouver.
CEPA officials, including VP Ziad Saad, were part of a panel of industry associations defending pipeline safety in Vancouver on the same day Enbridge explained details of its proposal in Prince George, B.C.
Saad says the industry knows the public has high expectations and so does its members. Their goal is to have zero spills and leaks.
Saad contends pipelines to be generally safe. He noted that companies in Canada follow the highest of international standards for pipeline design, construction and operation.