Canada regulator confirms some TransCanada safety allegations

Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:55pm EDT
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By Mike De Souza

CALGARY (Reuters) - Canada's energy regulator in a report released on Friday found that six of 16 pipeline safety allegations against TransCanada Corp were "partially substantiated."

The National Energy Board (NEB) said it found no reason to issue any enforcement action in response to the complaints that were raised by a whistleblower.

The regulator also said it concluded that none of the allegations posed an immediate threat to the safety of workers, the public or the environment.

TransCanada, the country's second largest pipeline operator, said in a statement on Friday that it cooperated fully with the investigation and that only four allegations involved an infraction of internal company procedures.

The NEB rejected the most serious allegations of dangerous welds and the alleged failure to report some incidents to the regulator. It said these allegations were not substantiated based on its review of the evidence.

The regulator partially confirmed allegations related to some minor pipeline damage, inadequate welding work and inspections, as well as allegations of poor worker safety practices.

In one case, the company said a welding inspector made an "honest mistake" by mixing up machines needed to complete a test.

"It is important to note that none of these allegations posed either an immediate or long term threat to the public, our employees or our assets," said TransCanada spokesman Davis Sheremata.   Continued...

A man enters the National Energy Board building in Calgary, Alberta, March 24, 2015. . REUTERS/Todd Korol