Canada’s national pipeline regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), recently launched an interactive pipeline incident map to improve Canadians’ access to information about incidents in their area. The map shows 692 spills, fires, injuries and other occurrences that have taken place over the past eight years. Although a big step toward greater transparency, gaps in the data and problems with the quality of the data remain obstacles to making this tool as useful as it should be. According to Carl Weimer, executive director of the U.S.-based Pipeline Safety Trust, the NEB still lags well behind its U.S. counterpart in making information about individual pipeline incidents readily accessible to the public. The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association has advised that it plans to develop a similar tool, using its industry members’ data.
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