National Energy Board launches map of oil spills, pipeline incidents

An interactive incident map shows oil spills and pipeline incidents from 2008 to 2015. National Energy Board screengrab

CALGARY – The National Energy Board has launched an interactive map on its website that tracks spills and other pipeline incidents. The launch comes two years after Global News requested comprehensive incident data related to oil spills from both the provincial and federal governments, and received incomplete and unusable data from the NEB. It also comes a year and a half after CBC mapped the NEB data, after an access-to-information request that it noted contained “a number of blanks and inaccuracies.”

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Users can filter the information by location, the company involved and volumes released in spills.

The map shows 692 incidents across Canada since 2008 – 45 of those deemed “significant.”

Try the map on the NEB site here [Note: The NEB site has been experiencing technical difficulties. If it does not load for you, please check back later.]
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It denotes the type of incident – whether that be an oil spill, serious injury or fire – with a colour-coded dot over the location.

The NEB says map updates will be done quarterly, with the next one slated for July.

Peter Watson, who has chaired the federal energy watchdog since last August, says the new tool shows the board is increasing its commitment to transparency.

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With files from Global News

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