Last week, the National Energy Board published its new remediation process guide respecting spills and releases from federally regulated pipeline facilities.

The highlights of the new guide include:

  • companies are required to address contamination, regardless of whether or not the contamination occurred as a result of a reportable spill (currently the threshold for a reportable spill is 1500L)  
  • companies are required to address contamination, regardless of whether the spill occurred recently or resulted from a historic spill  
  • companies must conduct an environmental site assessment and submit remediation plans to the NEB for approval  
  • companies must follow the most stringent federal or provincial targets for cleanup  
  • companies must file a remediation closure report once cleanup is complete  

The new guide does not apply to sites that are already considered by the NEB to have been remediated.

For a pdf copy of the guide, see here.