Canadian regulator orders Spectra to clean up its safety practices

Canada’s FERC equivalent had to escalate from specific fines to a blanket clean-up order. Do you still believe Spectra is “a very genuine, safe, law-abiding company”?

Mackenzie Scrimshaw, iPolitics.ca, 15 July 2015, The Drilldown: Spectra Energy faces NEB fines,

Spectra Energy Corp SE.N is feeling the heat from the National Energy Board (NEB). As Reuters reports, the Houston-based company is facing more than $120,000 in fines for committing almost 30 infractions at its Westcoast Energy processing plants in the last 15 months. What’s more, the NEB has requested a correction of these “management system failures.” “The Board expects Westcoast to address safety concerns on a systemic basis, throughout all its gas processing plants and facilities,” reads the NEB’s safety order. “Based on recent violations described below, the Board is not confident safety concerns are being addressed in this manner.”

So that $88,000 fine in January was just the start of this year’s NEB fines to Spectra.

Mike De Souza, Yahoo! Finance, 14 July 2015, Canada regulator orders Spectra Energy to clean up practices,

Board spokesman Darin Barter said the company can expect to see more inspections from the regulator in the future.

“The safety order is a guarantee that we’ll see progress,” he said.

Oh, I don’t know about that. For thirty years Spectra has had corrosion, leaks, and explosions and nothing ever seems to change.

Or you can believe Spectra VP of Stakeholder Outreach Susan Waller, who said “We are a very genuine, safe, law-abiding company.” just before being confronted on-camera by a student with a list of PHMSA violations.

Or you can take comfort that Spectra Director of Stakeholder Outreach Andrea Grover and Director of State Government Affairs Brian Fahrenthold are not familiar with Spectra’s long rap sheet of safety violations. Yes, the same Andrea Grover who says not to worry about that compressor station in Albany.

Spectra even claims to be a sustainable company because it uses paper “manufactured using clean, renewable wind-power energy and carbon offsets” while gouging hundred-foot rights of way to carry methane fracked through watersheds in Pennsylvania through yard-wide pipes drilled under rivers in fragile karst limestone above our drinking water Floridan Aquifer. Sustainable, like healthy cigarettes.

The only safe Spectra pipeline is one that’s never built.

You can protest tomorrow morning in Albany, Dougherty County, Georgia.

Remember to comment to FERC about Sabal Trail and that Albany compressor station.

And remember to sign the Petition to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal: Oppose Sabal Trail like you oppose the Palmetto Pipeline.

Then ask your elected and appointed officials to act.

Here are more things local, state, and national elected officials can do.

-jsq

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