Every employee and contractor is integral to TransCanada’s industry leading safety record, and is required to express any concerns about safety or quality so that these can be investigated and addressed appropriately.
The National Energy Board (NEB) has concluded its investigation into 16 third party allegations of regulatory non-compliance made by a single individual against TransCanada and has issued its investigation report. Over the course of 2014 and into early 2015, the NEB received and responded to 16 allegations made by this individual against TransCanada, and the company cooperated fully with the NEB in its investigation of the allegations.
“At TransCanada, we share the NEB’s focus on protecting the safety of the public, our workers and the environment. We welcome the findings on the allegations in this report,” said Mark Yeomans, vice-president, pipeline integrity. “We are very pleased to see the NEB determined that not a single allegation involved a violation of NEB regulations.”
In fact, of the 16 allegations made against TransCanada, 10 were found to be entirely unsubstantiated, which means they had no basis in fact whatsoever. Not a single allegation was found to be completely substantiated. Only six allegations were found to be even partially substantiated, and only four involved even an infraction of TransCanada company procedures.
“None of these allegations posed either an immediate or long term threat to the public, workers or our assets. No incidents occurred and no natural gas or oil was leaked,” said Yeomans.
The NEB has determined that no enforcement actions were required and all allegations are closed.
“This investigation involved dozens of staff members investing hundreds of hours to clear up these allegations,” said Yeomans. “I want to thank each and every one of them for their hard work and dedication in getting this done and showing our commitment to safety and transparency.”
As each of us are integral to TransCanada’s industry leading safety record, it is once again important to remind employees and contractors that under TransCanada’s Code of Business Ethics (COBE), we are required to express any concerns about safety or quality so that these can be investigated and addressed appropriately.
“Any time an issue is brought to our attention – whether by an employee, a contractor, inspectors who ensure quality control for our pipeline, or a member of the public – we act appropriately, proactively and of our own accord, as we did in these instances, to ensure we are correcting confirmed issues and continually improving the safety performance of our pipelines and our operations,” said Yeomans.