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Pipeline map: Have there been any incidents near you?

From small to large-scale spills to fires, explosions and worker deaths

Last Updated: October 22, 2013

Ever wonder whether your community contains any buried pipelines? Or if any issues have arisen with them over the years?

Through an access-to-information request, CBC News obtained a data set of every pipeline safety incident reported to the federal regulator in the past 12 years.

The National Energy Board oversees cross-border pipelines. The data doesn’t include smaller pipelines within provincial boundaries.

The documents reveal details about more than 1,000 incidents that have happened across the country from 2000 until late 2012 and suggest the rate of overall incidents has doubled in the past decade.

An incident can include anything from a fire or explosion to a spill, leak or a worker fatally or seriously injured.

Explore the map below to see incidents near your city or filter using various categories, such as the type of event, substance spilled or company name. Click on each incident to read a full description.

You can help CBC add to the website by sending us your stories related to an incident or tell us about other ones missed by the database.

We are also looking for people to review summaries of the incidents to help us identify discrepancies between the summaries and the original NEB documents. See the Can You Help? button on each incident summary or email us.

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Developer: Michael Pereira | Producer: Amber Hildebrandt | Researchers: Zoja Popovic, Teona Baetu

Source: National Energy Board pipeline incident database, Jan. 1, 2000-Nov. 21, 2012, Canadian Regulated Pipeline: Rupture Excel spreadsheet, Transportation Safety Board investigation reports, Reportable Liquid Releases Jan. 2008-April 2013. Pipeline map courtesy Living Oceans Society.

Note: CBC News found a number of blanks and inaccuracies in the NEB database. CBC supplemented what was provided but this is originally NEB data based on an access-to-information request and errors may still exist.

Last updated Oct. 29, 2013 at 3:00 PM ET.
Correction: CBC News incorrectly converted 11 incidents where "thousand cubic metres" was used as the unit of measurement. All figures are now adjusted.

National Energy Board - Pipeline Incident Database Part 1 and Part 2.


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