Pipeline Facts

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Pipeline Safety Fact Sheets

Pipelines are a safe, efficient and reliable way to move Canadian energy to consumers. Click on the fact sheets below to learn more about pipeline safety in Canada.

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Pipelines Across Canada

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World-Class Safety System

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Expanding Oil and Gas Trade

Pipelines Across Canada
World-Class Safety System
Expanding Oil and Gas Trade

World-Class Pipeline Safety (PDF 483 kb)

Canada’s pipelines are among the safest in the world. Between 2011 and 2013, for example, 99.999 percent of oil deliveries on federally regulated pipelines took place safely. In fact, over the past three years, 100 percent of the liquids released by these pipelines have been recovered.

9 Key Facts on the Importance of Canada’s Pipelines (PDF 3.5 Mb)

Through its plan for Responsible Resource Development, the Government is ensuring we can develop the energy infrastructure essential to our prosperity in a manner that is safe — safe for Canadians, safe for the environment.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pipelines in Canada

Who regulates pipelines in Canada? How safe are they? How do Canadians benefit? Learn more about Canada’s extensive pipeline network and how it is managed.

Bitumen-derived Crude and Corrosivity

Both scientific research and industrial experience have determined that bitumen-derived crude oil is no more corrosive in transmission pipelines than other crudes.

Recent Research by Natural Resources Canada on Corrosivity

Comparing the Corrosivity of Crude Oils

Using the Rotating Cage Method to simulate pipeline operating conditions in the laboratory, Natural Resources Canada researchers conducted experiments to evaluate the corrosivity of crude oil under worst-case conditions.

Corrosion Conditions in the Path of Bitumen

Due to corrosive and erosive materials being removed upstream of the pipelines and the operating conditions of pipelines resulting in corrosive species (naphthenic acid and sulphur) not influencing corrosion, the possibility of corrosion in the oil transmission pipelines was found to be low.

Third Party Research

Scientists from the National Academy of Sciences in the United States and Alberta Innovates have also examined the corrosivity of bitumen crude and conventional sources.


Comparison of the Corrosivity of Dilbit and Conventional Crude (Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures)

Effects of Diluted Bitumen on Crude Oil Transmission Pipelines (United National Academy of Sciences)