Safety and Environmental Protection
Our commitment to safety and environmental protection encompasses:
- Protecting people and ensuring we comply with all applicable safety policies, requirements and commitments.
- Ensuring the fitness of our systems for energy distribution and delivery. Developing and operating strong and highly reliable systems is essential to enabling us to continue to execute on our strategic priorities, and reduce and avoid social and environmental risks and impacts.
- Preparing for and responding to emergencies in the most efficient and effective way possible such that we ensure safety and avoid social and environmental impacts, costs and displacement.
By doing everything we can in this area, we live up to our Safety value.
Ensuring Safe Workplaces for Employees and Contractors
To protect the safety of our workers, Enbridge has comprehensive policies, practices, systems and controls in place. We take a proactive approach to identifying and preventing safety issues, take immediate action when a safety issue is identified and continually look for ways to improve our safety performance.
The contractors and subcontractors we work with are our partners in safety, and we expect them to be leaders in safety. We diligently monitor our contractors’ performance to ensure potential risks from their work activities are efficiently managed and mitigated.
in-line inspections and ...
spent on programs that help us maintain system fitness and detect leaks across our operations in Canada and the U.S.
*All monetary amounts are expressed in Canadian dollars
Baker Hughes, a GE company, has completed more than 400 pipeline inspections for Enbridge.
Smart Pigs, Safe Pipes
Enbridge focuses heavily on prevention to keep our crude oil pipeline network safe. In-line inspection (ILI) tools— or “smart pigs,” to use industry jargon—are highly complex pieces of equipment that move through our pipes and use advanced sensor technology to inspect pipe walls millimeter by millimeter, searching for dents, tiny imperfections, metal loss and corrosion.
These tools are essential to our aggressive program of prevention, and they offer pinpoint accuracy for features that may require follow-up maintenance.
Learn more about inline inspection technology and how we use it—including our partnerships to develop next-generation technology and leverage big data to make step change improvements in technological capability.
Taking a Systematic, Rigorous Approach
Emergency preparedness and response requires a systematic approach to ensure that all hazards are identified and anticipated so that a response is rapid, effective and protective of workers, the public and the environment.
Enbridge has an incident management organizational structure that, depending on the nature and magnitude of the incident, can cover all levels of the organization—from the front-line worker to the executive leadership team—and can be activated immediately following an incident.
The Enbridge emergency management programs guide our efforts to be prepared for and respond to emergencies. These Emergency Management Programs are implemented at all of our business units, regularly reviewed by management and personnel, and periodically audited to ensure their continual improvement and proper functioning.
We have comprehensive emergency response plans that are regularly reviewed, audited, updated and tested.