Safety

Natural gas is a safe and reliable energy source. It has been used in Canada for more than 100 years. There are strict safety standards and regulations in place for the exploration, production, transmission, distribution, and use of natural gas.

Compressor station for natural gas transmission pipeline Natural gas is delivered through a network of more than 480,000 kilometres of pipeline in Canada. This pipeline network is designed and operated to achieve the highest level of public and worker safety. Pipelines are placed approximately one metre below the surface to protect them from weather, vandalism, and unauthorised access.

All provinces and territories in Canada have requirements to minimize damage caused by others to buried pipelines. Anyone who plans to excavate must confirm that underground pipelines are not at risk. Call centres providing access to free “call before you dig” locating services are in place across the country. These programs are part of ongoing continuous improvement effort to protect natural gas infrastructure.

The Canadian Standards Association has national standards for the design, operation and maintenance of natural gas pipelines. These standards along with local regulations play an important role in ensuring that the natural gas supply network is safe and reliable.

After being installed, natural gas pipelines are maintained and routinely checked using instruments that can detect leaks, gas-in-air ratios, and other unsafe conditions. In case of an emergency such as a leak, damage or system outage, highly trained personnel are in place to respond on a 24 hour a day, 7 days per week basis to resolve these situations.