Energy regulator staff probed over handling of TransCanada safety violations
The probe, confirmed to Reuters by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), centres on the alleged mishandling of claims of natural gas pipeline violations at TransCanada, including poor repair work, inept welding and failure to report important safety issues, brought to light by a whistleblower.
In 2012, a different whistleblower brought forward safety concerns to the NEB, which investigated the issues as part of an audit that had already been planned. It was rescheduled to take place earlier when those allegations were raised.
The audit's findings, released in February of 2014, highlighted some lapses in four of the nine areas that were examined.
The investigation also coincide with a parliamentary debate on new pipeline safety legislation, in which the official opposition and environmentalists have criticized the regulator, saying it is too close to the industry it oversees.