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‘We will never stop striving for 100 percent’

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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).