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TransCanada has a ‘culture of non-compliance’: engineer to Senate committee

Source: The Hook

Evan Vokes, a pipeline safety whistleblower and materials engineer, told a Canadian Senate committee yesterday that TransCanada Corporation “has a culture of non-compliance,” but the company says it takes “great exception” to Vokes’ claims that it does not take safety and compliance issues seriously.

Calgary-based TransCanada is the proponent of the Keystone XL pipeline to ferry raw bitumen to the Gulf of Mexico.

The multi-billion dollar pipeline would accelerate tar sands production, which on a per barrel basis creates three to four times more climate-changing emissions than conventional oil.

Vokes, an expert on pipeline welding practices, worked for TransCanada for five years and was fired without cause in 2012 after persistently raising concerns about the company’s safety practices.

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New undemocratic rules barrier to public participation in Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline hearings

Rules “a consequence of weakened federal environmental laws under Bill C-38” 

By: Greenpeace Canada & Environmental DefencePress Release:

Enbridge Tower AlbertaTORONTO, ON, Apr 5, 2013 – New undemocratic rules are creating a barrier to public participation in upcoming National Energy Board (NEB) hearings into the proposal for Enbridge’s Line 9 oil pipeline. For the first time, members of the public who want to send a letter with comments to the NEB about a pipeline project must first apply for permission to participate – by filling out a 10-page form that includes a request for a resume and references. 

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Canada’s National Energy Board Gives Enbridge A Pass

Source: London Free Press

It was the worst pipeline spill ever on American soil, a disaster regulators say was brought on by the recklessness of pipeline giant Enbridge.

But Canada’s National Energy Board will ignore those findings in deciding the fate of an Enbridge pipeline in Ontario that could bring oilsands oil here and to the American east coast.

The board’s decision angered landowners along the pipeline from Sarnia to west of Toronto.

Some accuse the board of being more concerned with Enbridge’s profits than with farms and rivers that would be in harm’s way should the pipeline burst.

“(The board) is in the pockets of the companies,” said Margaret Vance, president of the Ontario Pipeline Landowners Association.

Read more: http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2012/07/23/20019376.html

Keystone XL pipeline maker TransCanada has broken rules, says National Energy Board

Source: Financial Post

CALGARY — The National Energy Board says it’s concerned Calgary-based pipeline giant TransCanada Corp. has broken the regulator’s rules, as well as its own.

A then-employee of TransCanada approached the board in May with concerns of “regulatory non-compliance,” the NEB says in a letter posted on its website.

The letter was addressed to Dan King, vice president of engineering and asset reliability, and copied to CEO Russ Girling and Don Wishart, executive vice president of operations and major projects.

In it, the board did not specify which rules were broken or which pipeline or project was involved.

Read more: http://business.financialpost.com/2012/10/12/keystone-pipeline-maker-transcanada-has-broken-rules-says-energy-watchdog/?__lsa=7dee-7493

TransCanada Pipeline Whistleblower Receives 2013 Golden Whistle Blower Award

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Mar 19, 2013:

'Someone is going to die,' says engineer Evan Vokes, worried that shoddy welds and inspections will lead to a lethal explosion like one in Mississippi, shown here, which claimed a worker's life.

‘Someone is going to die,’ says engineer Evan Vokes, worried that shoddy welds and inspections will lead to a lethal explosion like one in Mississippi, shown here, which claimed a worker’s life.

A former TransCanada Corporation employee who blew the whistle on the rising pipeline incidents and rule-breaking by Big Oil has been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Golden Whistle Blower Award. Evan Vokes, a former professional materials engineer at TransCanada Pipelines (TCPL), received the award in Ottawa on Monday.

The award, sponsored by Canadians for Accountability and presented by the Ottawa-based Peace Order and Good Government (POGG), is presented annually to “an individual who has done a service to Canada in the pursuit of truth in government.”

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