‘We will never stop striving for 100 percent’


Enbridge says it can meet British Columbia’s demands and, with concerns being raised in the United States, releases a statement about its safety record.

“Over the last decade we’ve transported almost 12 billion barrels of crude oil with a safe delivery record better than 99.999 percent,” Al Monaco, Enbridge’s president, said in a statement. “That’s good, but for us, it’s not good enough. We will never stop striving for 100 percent.”

In a rarely used amendment to a Corrective Action Order issued on Wednesday, PHMSA said it has concerns about what it called “a pattern of failures” on Enbridge’s system over the past several years and demanded the company present a comprehensive plan, overseen by an independent third party, to improve its operations. Enbridge handed in the plan yesterday but said PHMSA has yet to offer a response.

Meanwhile, the Harper government has set a December 31, 2013 deadline for the joint review of the Northern Gateway pipeline. NDP MP Denise Savoie has posted her submission to the joint review here (pdf).


‘We will never stop striving for 100 percent’

  1. I dunno. Until they strive for 110%, it’s meaningless.

  2. Replacing old pipelines, and minding their maintenance might be more useful than slogans.

    • How old was the pipeline in Wisconsin?

      • 14 years.

      • Installed in ’98.

        • Wow, only 14 years old.

          I’m sure that there are miles and miles and miles of pipelines that are significantly more than 14 years old, some sections of which have no doubt sprung a leak, but many other sections which are in fine shape.

          Point being that the age of a pipeline, in and of itself, doesn’t seem to be a good indicator of which sections of pipeline need to be replaced.

          • ALL pipelines require maintenance

            …..old pipelines require even more.

            If this one is already having trouble…..

          • Maintaining (ie inspecting, testing, repairing where required) ALL pipelines is absolutely necessary.

            Replacing old pipelines, not so much.

          • Well see, there’s yer problem.

  3. I checked the number; 0.001% or 12 billion barrels is 120,000. According to Enbridge’s records (
    http://www.tarsandswatch.org/files/Updated%20Enbridge%20Profile.pdf) they spilled 161,475 barrels between 1999 and 2010. Maybe some big spills are out side the “last decade” period. And who really cares, what’s 40,000 barrels one way or another. After all, according to the same report, “[161,475 barrels] amounts to approximately half of the oil that spilled from the oil tanker the Exxon Valdez after it struck a rock in Prince William Sound, Alaska in 1988.”

    So, to demonstrate Enbrigde’s safety record they choose to compare the relative safety of their pipelines to that of Oil Tankers. And now they want to build to a pipeline too said oil tankers.

    The stupidity behind this plan is confounding. Refine it here.

    • You are alive 100% of the days, until you aren’t.

  4. One clear reason to be against this project is that Enbridge seems determined to demonstrate that they do not “get” the standard expected. Their industrial record would be fine for transporting oil across an industrial park, but Northern BC, not really close.

    By way of comparison, if Air Canada delivered 99.999% of its passengers safely then 320 people would be dropping out of the sky each year.

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