Compliance Verification Activity Report: CV2223-075 - Plains Midstream Canada ULC


Compliance verification activity type: Field Inspection

Activity #: CV2223-075
Start date: 2022-10-12
End date: 2022-10-13


Regulated company: Plains Midstream Canada ULC

Operating company: Plains Midstream Canada ULC

Province(s) / Territory(s):


Rationale and scope:

Field inspection of O&M activities. Inspection of 2nd party oversight in accordance with the Damage Prevention Regulations.

Compliance tool(s) used:

Facility details


Regulatory requirements

Regulatory requirements that apply to this activity:

Observations (no outstanding follow-up required)

Observation 1 - Damage Prevention 2nd party field inspection

Date & time of visit: 2022-10-13 07:03

Discipline: Damage Prevention




The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) Inspections Officers (IO) conducted a Damage Prevention inspection focusing on second party contractor oversight with Plains Midstream Canada ULC (Plains) on Oct. 13, 2022.
IOs were on site to observe a Plains integrity dig on the Kerrobert Pipeline at the Empress 1-5 facility. The integrity dig followed  an in-line inspection that identified anomalies on the 8” NGL pipeline.
IOs attended Plains 2nd party tail gate meeting led by the Plains Construction Supervisor, who is a contract employee that has worked for Plains for several years.  BSR (the project contractor) also discussed the work for the day. Topics discussed during the morning safety meeting included:

    Documents IOs reviewed onsite included: IOs confirmed that anyone can stop work for unsafe practices or conditions. All present at the site agreed that only the Construction Supervisor had the authority to restart the activities. The Construction Supervisor is on site throughout the days activities to oversee and monitor the integrity dig. All work is stopped if the Construction Supervisor leaves the site.
Digging season for Plains is January to March and October to December

Activities and conditions observed:

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