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SOR/2013-49 March 21, 2013

NATIONAL ENERGY BOARD ACT

Regulations Amending the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999

P.C. 2013-308 March 21, 2013

The National Energy Board, pursuant to subsection 48(2) (see footnote a) of the National Energy Board Act (see footnote b), makes the annexed Regulations Amending the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999.

Calgary, January 24, 2013

SHERI YOUNG
Secretary of the National Energy Board

His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Natural Resources, pursuant to subsection 48(2) (see footnote c) of the National Energy Board Act (see footnote d), approves the annexed Regulations Amending the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999, made by the National Energy Board.

REGULATIONS AMENDING THE ONSHORE PIPELINE REGULATIONS, 1999

AMENDMENTS

1. The title of the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999 (see footnote 1) is replaced by the following:

NATIONAL ENERGY BOARD ONSHORE PIPELINE REGULATIONS

2. Section 1 of the Regulations is amended by adding the following in alphabetical order:

  • “accountable officer” means a person appointed as accountable officer under subsection 6.2(1). (dirigeant responsable)
  • “CSA Z246.1” means CSA Standard Z246.1 entitled Security Management for Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry Systems, as amended from time to time. (norme CSA Z246.1)
  • “management system” means the system set out in sections 6.1 to 6.6. (système de gestion)

3. (1) Subsection 3(1) of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

3. (1) Subject to subsection (2), sections 9 to 26 apply in respect of any construction, maintenance or repairs undertaken with respect to a pipeline.

(2) The portion of subsection 3(2) of the Regulations before paragraph (a) is replaced by the following:

(2) Sections 9 to 26 do not apply in respect of a pipeline or any part of a pipeline

4. (1) Subsection 4(1) of the Regulations is amended by striking out “and” at the end of paragraph (c), by adding “and” at the end of paragraph (d) and by adding the following after paragraph (d):

  • (e) CSA Z246.1 for all pipelines.

(2) Subsection 4(3) of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

(3) If there is an inconsistency between these Regulations and a standard referred to in paragraph (1)(b), (c), (d) or (e), these Regulations prevail to the extent of the inconsistency.

5. Section 6 of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

6. When a company designs, constructs, operates or abandons a pipeline, it shall do so in a manner that ensures

  • (a) the safety and security of the public and the company’s employees;
  • (b) the safety and security of the pipeline; and
  • (c) the protection of property and the environment.
MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

6.1 A company shall establish, implement and maintain a management system that

  • (a) is systematic, explicit, comprehensive and proactive;
  • (b) integrates the company’s operational activities and technical systems with its management of human and financial resources to enable the company to meet its obligations under section 6;
  • (c) applies to all the company’s activities involving the design, construction, operation or abandonment of a pipeline and to the programs referred to in section 55;
  • (d) ensures coordination between the programs referred to in section 55; and
  • (e) corresponds to the size of the company, to the scope, nature and complexity of its activities and to the hazards and risks associated with those activities.

6.2 (1) The company shall appoint an officer as accountable officer to ensure on its behalf that its management system and the programs referred to in section 55 are established, implemented and maintained in accordance with section 6.1, this section and sections 6.3 to 6.6 and that its obligations under section 6 are met.

(2) Within 30 days after the appointment of its accountable officer, the company shall notify the Board in writing of the name of the person appointed and ensure that the accountable officer submits to the Board a signed statement accepting the responsibilities of their position.

(3) The company shall ensure that the accountable officer has authority over the human and financial resources required to

  • (a) establish, implement and maintain the management system and the programs referred to in section 55; and
  • (b) ensure that the company’s activities are carried out in a manner that enables it to meet its obligations under section 6.

6.3 (1) The company shall establish documented policies and goals for meeting its obligations under section 6, including

  • (a) a policy for the internal reporting of hazards, potential hazards, incidents and near-misses that includes the conditions under which a person who makes a report will be granted immunity from disciplinary action; and
  • (b) goals for the prevention of ruptures, liquid and gas releases, fatalities and injuries and for the response to incidents and emergency situations.

(2) The company shall base its management system, as well as the programs referred to in section 55, on those policies and goals.

(3) The accountable officer shall prepare a policy statement that sets out the company’s commitment to those policies and goals and shall communicate it to the company’s employees.

6.4 The company must have a documented organizational structure that enables it to

  • (a) meet the requirements of the management system and meet its obligations under section 6;
  • (b) determine and communicate the roles, responsibilities and authority of the officers and employees at all levels of the company; and
  • (c) demonstrate, based on an annual documented evaluation of need, that the human resources allocated to establishing, implementing and maintaining the management system are sufficient to meet the requirements of the management system and to meet the company’s obligations under section 6.
MANAGEMENT SYSTEM PROCESSES

6.5 (1) A company shall, as part of its management system and the programs referred to in section 55,

  • (a) establish and implement a process for setting the objectives and specific targets that are required to achieve the goals established under subsection 6.3(1) and for ensuring their annual review;
  • (b) develop performance measures for assessing the company’s success in achieving its goals, objectives and targets;
  • (c) establish and implement a process for identifying and analyzing all hazards and potential hazards;
  • (d) establish and maintain an inventory of the identified hazards and potential hazards;
  • (e) establish and implement a process for evaluating and managing the risks associated with the identified hazards, including the risks related to normal and abnormal operating conditions;
  • (f) establish and implement a process for developing and implementing controls to prevent, manage and mitigate the identified hazards and the risks and for communicating those controls to anyone who is exposed to the risks;
  • (g) establish and implement a process for identifying, and monitoring compliance with, all legal requirements that are applicable to the company in matters of safety, security and protection of the environment;
  • (h) establish and maintain a list of those legal requirements;
  • (i) establish and implement a process for identifying and managing any change that could affect safety, security or the protection of the environment, including any new hazard or risk, any change in a design, specification, standard or procedure and any change in the company’s organizational structure or the legal requirements applicable to the company;
  • (j) establish and implement a process for developing competency requirements and training programs that provide employees and other persons working with or on behalf of the company with the training that will enable them to perform their duties in a manner that is safe, ensures the security of the pipeline and protects the environment;
  • (k) establish and implement a process for verifying that employees and other persons working with or on behalf of the company are trained and competent and for supervising them to ensure that they perform their duties in a manner that is safe, ensures the security of the pipeline and protects the environment;
  • (l) establish and implement a process for making employees and other persons working with or on behalf of the company aware of their responsibilities in relation to the processes and procedures required by this section;
  • (m) establish and implement a process for the internal and external communication of information relating to safety, security and protection of the environment;
  • (n) establish and implement a process for identifying the documents required for the company to meet its obligations under section 6;
  • (o) establish and implement a process for preparing, reviewing, revising and controlling those documents, including a process for obtaining approval of the documents by the appropriate authority;
  • (p) establish and implement a process for generating, retaining and maintaining records that document the implementation of the management system and the programs referred to in section 55 and for providing access to those who require them in the course of their duties;
  • (q) establish and implement a process for coordinating and controlling the operational activities of employees and other people working with or on behalf of the company so that each person is aware of the activities of others and has the information that will enable them to perform their duties in a manner that is safe, ensures the security of the pipeline and protects the environment;
  • (r) establish and implement a process for the internal reporting of hazards, potential hazards, incidents and near-misses and for taking corrective and preventive actions, including the steps to manage imminent hazards;
  • (s) establish and maintain a data management system for monitoring and analyzing the trends in hazards, incidents and near-misses;
  • (t) establish and implement a process for developing contingency plans for abnormal events that may occur during construction, operation, maintenance, abandonment or emergency situations;
  • (u) establish and implement a process for inspecting and monitoring the company’s activities and facilities to evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of the programs referred to in section 55 and for taking corrective and preventive actions if deficiencies are identified;
  • (v) establish and implement a process for evaluating the adequacy and effectiveness of the company’s management system and for monitoring, measuring and documenting the company’s performance in meeting its obligations under section 6;
  • (w) establish and implement a quality assurance program for the management system and for each program referred to in section 55, including a process for conducting audits in accordance with section 53 and for taking corrective and preventive actions if deficiencies are identified; and
  • (x) establish and implement a process for conducting an annual management review of the management system and each program referred to section 55 and for ensuring continual improvement in meeting the company’s obligations under section 6.

(2) In this section, a reference to a process includes any procedures that are necessary to implement the process.

(3) The company shall document the processes and procedures required by this section.

ANNUAL REPORT

6.6 (1) A company shall complete an annual report for the previous calendar year, signed by the accountable officer, that describes

  • (a) the performance of the company’s management system in meeting its obligations under section 6 and the company’s achievement of its goals, objectives and targets during that year, as measured by the performance measures developed under paragraphs 6.5(1)(b) and (v); and
  • (b) the actions taken during that year to correct any deficiencies identified by the quality assurance program established under paragraph 6.5(1)(w).

(2) No later than April 30 of each year, the company shall submit to the Board a statement, signed by the accountable officer, indicating that it has completed its annual report.

6. Section 8 of the Regulations is renumbered as section 5.1 and is repositioned accordingly.

7. Paragraph 11(d) of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

  • (d) designed so that the noise level during operation meets the noise level requirement approved by the Board pursuant to section 5.1.

8. Subsection 18(1) of the Regulations is amended by adding the following after paragraph (b):

  • (b.1) inform the contractor of the contractor’s responsibilities referred to in paragraph 6.5(1)(l);

9. Section 20 of the Regulations is amended by adding the following after subsection (1):

(1.1) If a company contracts for the provision of services in respect of the construction of a pipeline, the construction safety manual shall set out the contractor’s responsibilities referred to in paragraph 6.5(1)(l).

10. Subsection 29(1) of the Regulations is amended by adding the following after paragraph (b):

  • (b.1) inform the contractor of the contractor’s responsibilities referred to in paragraph 6.5(1)(l);

11. Section 31 of the Regulations is amended by adding the following after subsection (1):

(1.1) If a company contracts for the provision of services in respect of the maintenance of a pipeline, the maintenance safety manual shall set out the contractor’s responsibilities referred to in paragraph 6.5(1)(l).

12. The heading before section 32 of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

13. Subsection 32(1) of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

32. (1) A company shall develop, implement and maintain an emergency management program that anticipates, prevents, manages and mitigates conditions during an emergency that could adversely affect property, the environment or the safety of workers or the public.

(1.1) The company shall develop an emergency procedures manual, review it regularly and update it as required.

14. The heading before section 35 of the Regulations is repealed.

15. Section 40 of the Regulations and the heading before it are replaced by the following:

INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

40. A company shall develop, implement and maintain an integrity management program that anticipates, prevents, manages and mitigates conditions that could adversely affect safety or the environment during the design, construction, operation, maintenance or abandonment of a pipeline.

16. Section 46(2) of the Regulations is amended by adding the following after paragraph (a):

  • (a.1) the security processes, procedures and measures applicable to the day-to-day operation of the pipeline;

17. Section 47 of the Regulations and the heading before it are replaced by the following:

SAFETY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

47. A company shall develop, implement and maintain a safety management program that anticipates, prevents, manages and mitigates potentially dangerous conditions and exposure to those conditions during all activities relating to construction, operation, maintenance, abandonment and emergency situations.

SECURITY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

47.1 A company shall develop, implement and maintain a security management program that anticipates, prevents, manages and mitigates conditions that could adversely affect people, property or the environment.

18. Section 48 of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

48. A company shall develop, implement and maintain an environmental protection program that anticipates, prevents, manages and mitigates conditions that could adversely affect the environment.

19. (1) The portion of subsection 53(1) of the Regulations before paragraph (a) is replaced by the following:

53. (1) A company shall conduct inspections on a regular basis and audits, with a maximum interval of three years, to ensure that its pipeline is designed, constructed, operated and abandoned in compliance with

(2) Paragraph 53(1)(b) of the English version of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

  • (b) Part V of the Act, as it relates to the protection of property and the environment and the safety and security of the public and of the company’s employees;

20. The heading before section 55 of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

PROGRAM AUDITS

21. Subsection 55(1) of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

55. (1) A company shall conduct audits, with a maximum interval of three years, of the following programs:

  • (a) the emergency management program referred to in section 32;
  • (b) the integrity management program referred to in section 40, including the pipeline control system referred to in section 37;
  • (c) the safety management program referred to in section 47;
  • (d) the security management program referred to in section 47.1; and
  • (e) the environmental protection program referred to in section 48.

22. The Regulations are amended by repealing the following headings:

  • (a) “PART 1”;
  • (b) “PART 2”;
  • (c) “PART 3”;
  • (d) “PART 4”;
  • (e) “PART 5”;
  • (f) “PART 6”;
  • (g) “PART 7”;
  • (h) “PART 8”;
  • (i) “PART 9”; and
  • (j) “PART 10”.

COMING INTO FORCE

23. These Regulations come into force on the day on which they are registered.

REGULATORY IMPACT ANALYSIS STATEMENT

(This statement is not part of the Regulations.)

1. Issues and objectives

The National Energy Board Act (the Act) provides the National Energy Board (NEB) with the authority to make regulations governing pipeline design, construction, operation and abandonment for the protection of people, property and the environment. The Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999 were made pursuant to the Act and are the NEB’s principal safety regulations for onshore pipelines.

Pursuant to the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999, a company must have a management system that sets out the policies, processes and procedures for the planning and execution of the core business of the organization in a manner that provides for the protection of people, property and the environment. The management system must also apply to the key program areas for which companies are responsible which are safety, pipeline integrity, security, emergency management and environmental protection. These programs must each follow management system processes to anticipate, prevent, manage and mitigate conditions that have the potential to harm people, property or the environment throughout the lifecycle of a pipeline.

Since the promulgation of the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999, the NEB has observed that the management system requirements have not been consistently applied across industry. It was concluded that the management system requirements, and how they apply to the key program areas in the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999, should be made more clear in order to provide protection for people, property and the environment.

The NEB has heard from industry and other stakeholders that the various styles and references for management system requirements, and the related programs required to meet industry’s obligations under theOnshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999,result in a lack of clarity. The layout of the regulatory requirements was confusing for stakeholders.

Specifically, management system requirements were found in various locations, including provisions within the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standard for oil and gas pipeline systems (CSA Z662), which is incorporated by reference in the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999, and various notices and guidance material issued by the NEB.

Also, while the requirements for safety, integrity and environmental protection programs were referenced in the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999, the requirement for an emergency management program was referenced in guidance material. Similarly, the requirement for a security management program was referenced in a notice of proposed regulatory change and not in the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999.

The objectives of the Regulations Amending the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999 (the Regulations) are to

  • clarify and consolidate management system requirements so that a consistent approach in meeting these requirements is taken across the industry; and
  • include provisions for a security management program, to specifically address pipeline security management matters.

2. Description

The Regulations rename the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999 as the National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations.

Management system requirements

The Regulations clarify and consolidate management system requirements for NEB-regulated companies. Management system requirements were previously identified in provisions in the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999, in a technical standard incorporated by reference in these regulations (CSA Z662) and also in various notices and guidance material issued by the NEB. The Regulations consolidate these requirements and confirm that NEB-regulated companies must carry out their activities within the framework of a comprehensive management system. The Regulations include the appointment of an accountable officer who is responsible for ensuring that the company’s management system and programs are in compliance with those requirements. As in any management system, companies also need to identify the policies and goals of their management system, establish and implement processes and procedures to achieve those goals, and develop performance measures to assess their success.

Security Management Program

Pursuant to the Act, the NEB provides regulatory oversight for safety matters, including the security elements involved. The Act was amended in 2004 through the Public Safety Act, 2002to specifically reference security.

The Regulations give effect to the amendments to the Act related to security by obliging NEB-regulated companies to develop and implement a security management program. Specifically, a company is required to have a security management program that anticipates, prevents, manages and mitigates conditions that could adversely affect people, property or the environment. The Regulations also incorporate by reference the CSA standard for security (CSA Z246.1), which the company must follow in its security management program. The provisions for security in section 47.1 and paragraph 55(1)(d) have now been updated to include the word “management.” Section 47.1 and paragraph 55(1)(d) now reference a “security management program.” This terminology is consistent with the usage of the term in industry, and also the CSA standard for security (CSA Z246.1).

Emergency Management Program

The Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999 prescribed individual and specific emergency preparedness and response-related requirements. They did not, however, specifically reference the requirement for an emergency management program. In 2002, the NEB issued a letter to regulated companies to clarify the expectation that companies have emergency management programs. The Regulations require NEB-regulated companies to develop, implement and maintain an emergency management program. The specific emergency preparedness and response-related requirements previously in the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999 included under this provision.

3. Consultation

The NEB issued a notice of proposed regulatory change to clarify management system requirements in January 2011 for stakeholder feedback. Overall, the responses received focused on requests for clarification, which the NEB provided in subsequent guidance material. One specific suggestion was that the NEB should seek to address management system requirements through the CSA and the related standard for oil and gas pipelines (CSA Z662). In its published response to this suggestion, the NEB noted that it has a long history of using CSA standards as a starting point to help fulfill its regulatory mandate. However, with the amendment, the NEB is providing more clarity and consolidating management system requirements in the Regulations which can exist alongside the CSA standard. The NEB also provided further clarification and addressed questions at meetings with industry associations and individual companies.

After the review period, the NEB notified industry and interested parties in July 2011 that the clarification of management system requirements would be included in the Regulations. The NEB offered to hold information sessions with industry associations and individual companies upon request to address any questions.

In order to meet its obligations for security oversight pursuant to the amended Act, the NEB issued a notice of proposed regulatory change for a pipeline security management program in 2005 for stakeholder feedback. After the review period, the NEB notified industry and interested parties in May 2006 that the requirement for a security management program would be included in the Regulations. The notice directed that, in the interim, companies would be expected to develop pipeline security management programs, and related guidance material was provided.

The NEB re-issued the notice of proposed regulatory change for pipeline security management programs in November 2009 to include the completed standard for security (CSA Z246.1), which is incorporated by reference into the Regulations. After the review period, the NEB notified industry and interested parties in May 2010 that the updated pipeline security program requirement would be included in the Regulations. The notice directed that, in the interim, companies would be expected to develop pipeline security management programs in accordance with CSA Z246.1.

The proposed Regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on October 27, 2012, followed by a 30-day public comment period. Submissions were received from two industry associations and four regulated companies: no changes have been made to the Regulations as a result of the submissions.

Two letters expressed support for the management system approach for managing risk and to provide for safety, security and protection of the environment.

One submission commented that the Regulations contain prescriptive requirements for management system processes, and that this is a departure from the goal-oriented design of the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999. The NEB’s regulatory approach remains one where the goals of safety and environmental protection are promoted through the use of both prescriptive and outcome-based elements. The requirement for management system processes in the Regulations is prescriptive but the content of each process is outcome-focussed. In this way, each company can implement a management system that corresponds to the size of the company, to the scope, nature and complexity of its activities, and to the hazards and risks associated with those activities. In addition, the Regulations make it clear that the elements of a management system are standard processes, none of which can be eliminated without compromising the system. The Regulations also now provide more explicit and clear regulatory language which facilitates both compliance by companies and enforcement by the NEB.

Two submissions recommended that the NEB should address management system requirements through a reference to the CSA standard for oil and gas pipelines (CSA Z662) rather than through the Regulations. The NEB agrees that CSA Z662 can be referenced but specific and explicit management system provisions are required within the Regulations. The Regulations also build on and supplement CSA Z662 to apply to the facilities under the Board’s jurisdiction. An objective of the Regulations is to clarify management system requirements so that they may be consistently interpreted and applied by all federally-regulated pipeline companies.

One submission recommended an implementation phase of one year prior to the Regulations coming into force, in order for companies to be fully compliant with the Regulations. A similar recommendation was made during the NEB’s January 2011 to April 2011 process for proposed regulatory change regarding management systems. When the NEB issued the final proposed regulatory change in July 2011, the NEB stated in its letter to regulated companies that they have been expected to have a systematic approach to managing their regulated activities since the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999 were promulgated. The NEB also communicated that companies would have the time between the final proposed regulatory change in July 2011 and the coming into force of the Regulations (roughly a 20-month time period) to address management system provisions in company operations, as required. The NEB has been conducting management system-based audits since 2001, and published its management system-based audit protocol in 2010, so the requirements are not new.

A submission received recommended a number of wording changes. For example, it recommended that the word “management” in paragraph 6.1(b) in the Regulations be replaced with the word “allocation,” stating that the word “management” is too broad and implies direction to corporate governance decision-making. The NEB chose to retain the word “management” because it includes allocation, as well as guiding, controlling, and directing — all of which are required to implement a well-functioning management system. This same submission recommended the deletion of section 6.4, which provides for a documented organizational structure that enables a company, among other things, to demonstrate that its human resource allocation is sufficient for achieving the outcomes of safety, security and protection of the environment. The NEB chose to retain this section because in order to have a well-functioning management system, a documented organizational structure with clear roles and responsibilities is required. This is also a prerequisite for determining an appropriate allocation of human resources to achieve safety, security and environmental protection outcomes. The remainder of the wording changes either changed the intent of the Regulations or were the result of a misunderstanding of the Regulations. The NEB will clarify these matters through guidance for companies.

Three submissions commented on the cost estimate for new administrative requirements. It appears that the administrative costing for the “One-for-One” Rule was read as the cost for companies to update and revise existing management systems in order to be compliant with the Regulations. For clarification, the NEB notes that the estimate provided only relates to the incremental costs associated with the new administrative requirements in the Regulations.

4. “One-for-One” Rule

The Regulations contain new administrative requirements to ensure safety outcomes. They are related to the safety culture of a management system and focus on accountability for the company’s safety performance.

The “One-for-One” Rule applies to the new administrative requirements in the Regulations that require a company to

  • submit a statement to the NEB signed by the officer appointed by the company as accountable for its management system, accepting the responsibilities of the position; and
  • submit a statement to the NEB signed by the accountable officer indicating that the company has completed the annual report on its management system.

These requirements involve the time of professionals to manage the related processes, the time of administrative support to prepare letters for signature by the accountable officer, the time of legal services to review the documents, and the time of the accountable officer to review and sign the letters.

Based on the results of the Regulatory Cost Calculator, the ongoing annualized administrative costs related to these provisions are estimated to be $30,129 across the companies currently regulated by the NEB, or an annualized amount of $307 per company.

5. Small business lens

The small business lens does not apply to this proposal as there are no significant costs for small business. Small businesses are not disproportionately impacted because of the scalability of the requirements in the Regulations. The Regulations provide that the management system and program requirements are scalable, corresponding to the size of the company, to the scope, nature and complexity of its activities and to the hazards and risks associated with those activities. This scalability ensures that the Regulations can be implemented by small operators as well as large companies. Finally, the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999 contained management system requirements through outcome-based provisions and reference to CSA Z662 prior to the clarifying Regulations, so the requirements are not new.

6. Rationale

The NEB is committed to the safety of Canadians and the protection of the environment. The NEB requires pipeline companies to anticipate, prevent, manage and mitigate potentially dangerous conditions associated with their pipelines. Supporting this requirement, the Regulations provide greater clarity and consolidate management system requirements in all areas for which a company is responsible to meet its obligations under the Act and its regulations. Additionally, the Regulations provide that a management system be scalable, and correspond to the scope, size, nature and complexity of the company and its activities, and the hazards and risks associated with those activities. The Regulations provide consistency and predictability in regulatory compliance for industry, which in turn enhances the protection of people, property and the environment.

The Regulations also fulfill the NEB’s obligation to address pipeline security. They hold companies accountable for the security of their current operations as well as for ongoing modifications to these operations in order to address security issues through a security management program.

The benefits of the Regulations include

  • clarification and consolidation of management system requirements;
  • regulatory clarity that provides for the protection of people, property and the environment; and
  • regulatory certainty resulting from clarification, which provides benefits for industry, society, and the regulatory community.

7. Implementation, enforcement and service standards

Upon implementation of the Regulations, policy and guidance material will be updated as required and communicated to companies and interested parties. The NEB will hold information sessions with industry upon request to address any matters related to the Regulations. The NEB will continue to conduct compliance verification meetings, audits and inspections to verify a company’s compliance with the Act and its regulations.

8. Contact

Alan Pentney, P. Eng.
Technical Leader, Engineering
National Energy Board
444 Seventh Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta
T2P 0X8
Telephone: 403-299-3726
Toll-free telephone: 1-800-899-1265
Toll-free fax: 1-877-288-8803
Email: alan.pentney@neb-one.gc.ca