Pipeline transportation

Pipeline transportation occurrences in 2018

The single reported pipeline accident in 2018 was a 36" sweet natural gas pipeline rupture and fire northeast of Prince George, BC, on October 9. There were no injuries. The TSB investigation continues.

A total of 110 pipeline incidents were reported to the TSB in 2018, fewer than 122 in 2017 and below the 5-year average of 115. Forty percent of pipeline incidents involved hydrotechnical activity in 2018, compared to 13% in 2017 and to the 5-year average of 4%.

The number of pipeline occurrences reported to the TSB involving a release of product in 2018 was substantially lower than in previous years (41 in 2018 compared to 74 in 2017 and to the 5-year average of 73).

The TSB's team of experts has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of pipeline engineering, metallurgy, welding and control systems, as well as the pipeline regulatory environment. We have access to and use highly trained specialists and state-of-the-art equipment to examine and test pipeline components involved in occurrences in order to identify and confirm safety deficiencies. TSB pipeline investigators also serve on and actively participate in various government and industry committees, activities and forums in order to monitor trends and promote the safety messages resulting from our investigations.

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