Federal Government Announces New Measures to Strengthen Regulations For Pipeline Safety

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The following post on the Canadian Energy Perspectives blog may be of interest to readers of this blog: Federal Government Announces New  Measures to Strengthen Regulations  For Pipeline Safety.

On May 14, 2014, the federal Minister of Natural Resources, Minister of Transport, and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario announced new measures designed to strengthen Canada’s pipeline safety system. These new measures reinforce the polluter pays principle and give the National Energy Board (“NEB”) greater regulatory control over Canada’s pipeline system, and include the following:

  1.  Introducing absolute liability for all NEB-regulated pipelines, meaning that companies will be liable for costs and damages irrespective of fault, and companies continue to have unlimited liability when at fault or negligence;
  2. Developing a strategy with industry and Aboriginal communities to increase Aboriginal peoples’ participation in pipeline safety operations, including planning, monitoring, incident response, and related employment and business opportunities;

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