Asked how he would know whether a situation was "very nearly disastrous," Vokes said, "If you had an 80 percent through-wall crack in a very large pressure vessel and you only found it because the inspector went out and had a look, that is very nearly disastrous for a plant that does not have a fire suppression system.
The NEB's investigation and an uptick in whistleblower reports to the regulator come at a time in which Canada, like the rest of the world, is at a major crossroads on energy. The Canadian petroleum industry expects fossil fuel extraction to increase, but it says there isn't enough pipeline construction underway to get the country's oil to tankers. Oil and gas companies may have legal challenges and environmental opposition in their path, but they're hopeful.
Throughout the Canadian election, Trudeau has said he would reform the NEB and properly consult with indigenous leaders on pipeline proposals, which could mean more pipeline construction under the Liberals. But another former TransCanada employee echoes Vokes' worries about the company that could build Canada's next pipeline project. Chris, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, worked for TransCanada on and off for more than 20 years, fixing pipeline ruptures and cracks like those that caused the Otterburne explosion.
Unlike Vokes, he is not an engineer. He alleges he saw a culture of worker inexperience and poor supervision that led to accidents, near misses, and unreported incidents. It's disheartening to see a brand new pipeline damaged before they even backfill it. Based on his allegations, the NEB found coating damage to a pipeline that appeared to go unreported for a year; an exposed, buckled section of pipe that was unnoticed for a year; an isolated mistake in welding procedures; a worker on site without protective equipment; an isolated incident of improper installation of ladders; and the over-torquing of a bolt that resulted in injury.
He was working on a four-month long project on the James River line, near Sundre, Alberta, a traditional oil and gas field about an hour's drive northwest of Calgary. On June 27, , Chris was on site with workers from a third-party contractor. They were young and inexperienced, he said. He noticed they were using the tools incorrectly, so he told the foreman.
According to his allegations to the NEB, they used a hydraulic wrench to tighten flange bolts, but they tightened them over specifications. At one point he said they put a piece of the pipeline in backward, which angered the foreman. They started taking it apart to fix it, he recalls.
Chris left for another site. Less than 10 minutes later, he received a frantic call — one of the workers had cut his finger off, Chris said. Chris believes the accident could have been much worse. Pipeline companies must report all serious injuries to the NEB. According to the NEB investigation released Friday, TransCanada immediately shut down the site, started a safety investigation and entered the incident into its internal system.
However, the NEB concluded, the worker's injury was "a pinched finger," a minor injury, and therefore TransCanada did not need to report it to the regulator. The contractor told the NEB the workers had over-tightened a bolt 1.
Earlier on the same site, on May 18, , Chris went to dig out a mainline for hydrotesting. He said he sat behind the controls of a excavator and started to dig when suddenly he hit a pipeline that, according to the drawings of the site, shouldn't have been there.
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The excavator left a chip in the pipeline coating, but did not pierce the pipe. He said he later saw more damage to the same pipe. The foreman reported the incident to a TransCanada manager, Chris said. The site was then frozen for a few days to do an investigation, as is normal protocol. According to the NEB investigation, the pipe was inspected on June 6 and no mechanical damage was found.
Chris went on vacationfor about two weeks. When he went back to work on the same project, he saw the workers had patched the pipeline. But he claimed the patch wasn't up to code. He remembers the response was, "It's good to go, never mind. Do something different.
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It also means you must compromise and go more than halfway when dealing with others.
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Until then, play things low-key. See moon alert for today. This is a lovely day to schmooz, which means you will enjoy the company of friends, as well as the company of classes, groups, clubs, conventions and conferences. This is a tricky day, because a handful of planets at the top of your chart help you to interact with bosses, VIPs, parents and teachers.