News Release 2012-09-10 (NR2012-10)
ERCB CONTRACTS THIRD PARTY TO CONDUCT ALBERTA PIPELINE REVIEW
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Calgary, Alberta (September 10, 2012) The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) has contracted the services of an independent third party to conduct a review of certain elements of Alberta’s pipeline system as announced by the Honourable Ken Hughes, Minister of Energy on July 20, 2012,
Group 10 Engineering Ltd. (Group 10), of Calgary, Alberta has been awarded the contract as a result of an open, competitive process which involved a Request for Proposal (RFP) through the Alberta Purchasing Connection government website.
Group 10 will examine the adequacy of regulatory requirements with respect to pipelines under ERCB jurisdiction and industry best practices in three areas: public safety and responses to pipeline incidents, pipeline integrity management, and safety of pipelines at or near water crossings. The review will be conducted in addition to the current incident-specific investigations the ERCB is conducting.
The review is expected to be completed by the end of November and the ERCB will provide Group 10’s final report to the Minister by the end of the year. Following this, the ERCB will review the Group 10 report and provide its own report, including resulting ERCB recommendations, if any, to the Minister by March 31, 2013.
The ERCB’s mission is to ensure that the discovery, development and delivery of Alberta’s energy resources take place in a manner that is fair, responsible, and in the public interest. In assessing the public interest, the ERCB has regard for public safety, environmental stewardship, and resource conservation.
FOR BROADCAST USE:
The ERCB announced today (September 10) that it has engaged the services of Group 10 Engineering of Calgary to conduct a third party independent review of pipeline safety following a July announcement by Energy Minister Ken Hughes. The review will focus on incident response, pipeline integrity management, and pipeline safety near water crossings.
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For more information, please contact:
Bob Curran, ERCB Communications