News Release 2010-08-04


News Release 2010-08-04

News Release 2010-08-04 (NR2010-10)

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ERCB field surveillance report: Energy industry compliance at all-time high and record-low pipeline failure rate in 2009

For immediate release

Calgary, Alberta (Aug 04, 2010)… The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) has released ST57: Field Surveillance and Operations Branch Provincial Summary 2009, an annual report that outlines oil and gas industry compliance results gathered from ERCB field inspections and investigations.

“Year after year, the ERCB's priorities remain public safety, environmental protection and resource conservation," said ERCB Chairman Dan McFadyen. "Overall, 2009 was a very good year in terms of industry compliance with our stringent regulatory standards. Careful tracking and monitoring of industry’s compliance allows the ERCB to focus its efforts on the areas of highest priority.”

Highlights from 2009 include:

  • Industry compliance with major ERCB regulations increased to the record level of 98.6 per cent in 2009 from 98 per cent in 2008.
  • ERCB staff carried out a record 25,373 field inspections and audits in 2009 compared to 18,667 inspections in 2008.
  • The 2009 record-low pipeline failure rate of 1.7 per 1,000 kilometres of pipeline was better than the previous record-low of 2.1 set in both 2008 and 2007.
  • In 2009, the ERCB suspended 127 energy facilities, pipelines, and operations that did not meet the Board’s stringent regulatory requirements.
  • The number of public complaints received in 2009 was 643 compared to 744 in 2008. The ERCB responds to 100 per cent of complaints and concerns.
  • In 2009, 23 blowouts occurred from a total of 246,156 non-abandoned wells in Alberta, which represents a blowout rate of 0.149 blowouts per 1,000 non-abandoned wells.

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For more information, please contact:

Darin Barter, ERCB Communications
Phone: 403-681-0946
Media line: 1-855-474-6356