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Pipeline safety

Putting your safety first

Public safety is our number one priority. We have rigorous plans in place to ensure the safety and security of the public, our natural gas system, the environment and our employees.

Thanks to a comprehensive approach to safety and regular inspections and maintenance our transmission and distribution pipeline system continues to have an excellent safety record.

Regular inspections and maintenance

We inspect our system on an ongoing basis. We also renew and upgrade our system in accordance with Canadian codes and standards.

Comprehensive approach to safety

Our dedicated and highly trained employees work to ensure that our pipelines and surrounding areas are well-protected from potential damage.

FortisBC has an Integrity Management Plan (IMP), which is the main tool we use to ensure the integrity of our transmission and distribution systems.

The IMP is a comprehensive and systematic way to provide effective detection and remediation activities, and is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure continued public safety.

Read more about our Integrity Management Plan

We regularly and consistently:

  • renew and upgrade our system
  • monitor line pressures, flows and temperatures 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • conduct aerial, ground and marine inspections of the rights-of-way to check for erosion, stability and third-party activity near the pipelines
  • install highly visible pipeline markers
  • check our corrosion protection system
  • conduct internal pipeline inspections using highly sophisticated electronic equipment
  • operate a vegetation management program along our rights-of-way
  • provide awareness information to the public and landowners
  • practice responding to events, such as a flood, by applying our emergency response plans
  • practice emergency response and recovery efforts with first responders, government and other agencies
  • we continually educate landowners, excavators and the public on how to stay safe around our pipeline system and rights-of-way through our gas and safety awareness programs​

In case of a pipeline emergency

Natural gas is a safe and reliable energy source and we have taken safety precautions to ensure continued public safety. In addition to these precautions, we’ve developed a coordinated plan of action in case of emergency.

Will the FortisBC system survive an earthquake?

We take the possibility of a significant earthquake very seriously.

Built entirely from high-strength welded steel and polyethylene plastic pipe, our system was designed, installed and tested to meet strict industry standards in order to maximize public safety.

In other areas where major earthquakes have occurred, natural gas delivery systems similar to ours have withstood ground movement extremely well.

Our earthquake safety page has more information on what to do before, during and after an earthquake.

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