This is a commonly held view. There are other options, including truck or train. However, pipelines are proven to be the safest way to move oil and natural gas.
The challenge is the amount of energy required for life in Canada for use in cars, travel by aircraft, heating, cooking, agriculture, fishing fleets, ferries and so much more. Canadians use a lot of energy.
For example, it would take 15,000 tanker trucks to move the same amount of oil Canadian pipelines deliver daily, or a train 6,300 rail cars long. Both consume far more energy to operate than pipelines. And for the 16.1 billion cubic feet of lower-carbon natural gas Canada ships daily, pipelines are still the most viable option. (Source: Natural Resources Canada)
Pipelines are simply the best way to get Canadians the energy they need.Tell me more about pipelines I have a question about pipelines
In 2017, Canada’s 118,000-kilometre network of transmission pipelines moved 97% of Canada’s natural gas and onshore crude oil production to the people who need it (the other 3% was rail or truck).
Out of 1.4 billion barrels of oil transported by Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) members, 51 barrels were spilled and couldn’t be recovered. These remaining barrels dissipate through volatilization (similar to evaporation) and other natural processes.
No amount spilled is acceptable, which is why the industry continuously works to improve pipeline safety and performance.
CEPA members use the latest technology to deliver Canada’s oil and natural gas energy in the safest, most responsible way. And they continuously work together to improve what are already among the highest safety standards, and best safety records, in the world.Tell me more about pipelines I have a question about pipelines
Increasing world population and the growing global economy mean energy demand is rising. While solar and wind energy production is rising, forecasts indicate oil and natural gas could still provide the majority of the world’s energy in 2040.
Pipelines, and pipeline operators, remain a vital part of the evolving energy ecosystem Canada and the world depend on.
Yes, they are your pipelines. They transport Canada’s natural resources that you and all other Canadians count on.
Pipelines safely transport the oil and natural gas Canadians count on for heating, cooking, transporting goods, growing food and so much more.
Pipelines generate enormous economic benefits that you and every other Canadian count on – close to $1 trillion contributed to Canada’s GDP since 2005 – for services like health care and education.
Thousands of engineers and environmental experts work together to ensure Canada’s pipeline infrastructure is among the very best in the world.
All Canadians can be secure in the knowledge that the energy they need to survive and thrive will always be available.
Providing valuable careers in communities across Canada, as well as supporting 900,000 jobs in the energy industry and the livelihoods of millions of Canadians.
The story is uniquely Canadian. Transmission pipeline operators do not compete on safety, but instead work together to build a safe, smart and secure energy future for Canada.