At Spectra Energy, we believe that environmental stewardship is an essential part of our mandate.
We are proud to be included on:
- The Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for five consecutive years.
- London’s FTSE 4 Good index multiple times.
- The Ethisphere Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies list.
Spectra Energy has been listed on the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index for five consecutive years. We were also the highest ranked utility company in Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s Top 100 Corporate Citizens.
As the backbone of B.C.’s natural gas industry, we are committed to promoting the increased use of this environmentally responsible fuel both domestically and around the globe.
The Wescoast Connector will create infrastructure to safely transport natural gas to Asian markets, helping them transition to cleaner burning fuels, reducing the effect of greenhouse gas emissions on the global climate.
Beyond simply replacing more polluting conventional fuels, natural gas is also used to provide low-emission back-up generation for renewable sources of energy like solar and wind.
Our commitment to safety is a deeply held value at Spectra Energy – it is our license to operate. Our employees and contractors are committed to continuous safety improvement, creating a zero injury safety culture.
Spectra Energy works closely with local, state, provincial and federal agencies to ensure our facilities meet or exceed regulatory requirements for safety.
Our safety procedures include detailed inspections during manufacturing, construction and operations.
Here are some of the measures we are taking to ensure the safety of the Westcoast Connector:
- Designed and built in accordance with Canadian Standards Association standards and Oil and Gas Commission regulations.
- Constructed from high strength carbon steel.
- Will employ redundant safety measures throughout construction, including welding and post-welding inspection, coating all welds with a specialized epoxy coating, and hydrostatic testing.
- Year-round, 24-hour monitoring and inspection:
- Monitoring gas flow, pressure, temperature and operating status of all facilities, providing continuous back up.
- Routine aerial patrols to check for third-party activity or abnormal system conditions.
- Road and foot patrols.
- Regularly scheduled leak surveys conducted on foot.
- Providing landowners, contractors and emergency response personnel with information and materials on a regular basis.
- Cathodic protection to inhibit corrosion, with regular inspections to ensure it is functioning properly.
- Using robotic tools to monitor pipeline integrity from the inside.