Compliance Verification Activity Report: CV2223-220 - Milk River Pipeline Ltd.


Compliance verification activity type: Emergency Response Exercise

Activity #: CV2223-220
Start date: 2022-09-29
End date: 2022-09-30


Regulated company: Milk River Pipeline Ltd.

Operating company: Inter Pipeline Ltd

Province(s) / Territory(s):


Rationale and scope:

On 29 September 2022, a Canada Energy Regulator (CER) Emergency Response Exercise Evaluation Team (evaluation team) attended the Milk River Pipeline Boom deployment drill in Medicine Hat, AB. The evaluation team included 1 CER Inspection Officer, 1 Emergency Management Specialist, and 1 CER observer. The Milk River Pipeline is operated by Inter Pipeline Ltd. (Inter Pipeline).

As a member in good standing of Western Canadian Spill Services (WCSS), Inter Pipeline would potentially utilize WCSS resources in the event of a spill on the Milk River Pipeline. The equipment deployment drill was a regularly scheduled WCSS large river deployment training program. WCSS Staff conducted the training and numerous different companies participated in the training. Members of the Medicine Hat Fire Department also participated. The training included both dryland and on-river training.

Inter Pipeline had field, technical, and regulatory staff in attendance. Inter Pipeline noted that its participating staff were individuals who operate the Milk River Pipeline and other Inter Pipeline systems within the WCSS Area 2 where the exercise occurred. 

Exercise participants were required to complete WCSS online training prior to participation in the exercise.

Inter Pipeline stated that the objectives of the exercise were as follows:


Compliance tool(s) used:

Facility details


Regulatory requirements

Regulatory requirements that apply to this activity:

Observations (no outstanding follow-up required)

Observation 1 - Milk River Pipeline Emergency Response Exercise Evaluation

Date & time of visit: 2022-09-29 08:00

Discipline: Emergency Management




The scenario for the exercise was an oil spill into the South Saskatchewan River upstream from Medicine Hat, AB. A pre-identified control point at Echo Dale Regional Park is included in WCSS emergency response plans and this was chosen as the location for the exercise. Companies that utilize WCSS services may use WCSS emergency response plans in conjunction with their own company-specific plans.

CER staff evaluated aspects of the following elements:

CER Staff note that its assessment of the above-noted elements considered the limited and focused scope of the exercise; that is, an equipment deployment drill as compared to a full-scale exercise.

No non-compliances were identified during this exercise and CER Staff are of the view that the exercise objectives, as listed above, were met. Considering the limited scope of the exercise, CER Staff are of the view that the skills gained through the equipment deployment will contribute to the efficacy of Inter Pipeline's broader emergency management program, particularly in areas related to response planning and tactical response, safety, and interoperability with response agencies and organizations.

Compliance tool used: No compliance tool used

Observations (company follow-up required)

Identified non-compliances to company plans or procedures are non-compliances either to:

- the condition of an authorization document that requires the implementation of that plan or procedure; or

- the relevant section of the regulations that requires implementation of that plan or procedure including those sections that require implementation of plans or procedures as a part of a Program