The Tide Piper
Pipelines are central to Canada’s economic development and are universally regarded as the safest and least environmentally taxing way to transport oil and gas. But pipelines are also easy targets for anti-oil sands campaigners in Canada and abroad.
While recent pipeline spills in Alberta, including last year’s incident on Nexen’s Long Lake system, have typically been from gathering and feeder lines, it has been transmission lines—the longdistance petroleum highways that cross provinces and international borders—that bear the brunt of the blowback.
When that happens, CHRIS BLOOMER often finds himself answering to—and educating— people on both sides of the pipeline debate. And, as the CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) at a time when Canada is considering three major Alberta-to-tidewater pipeline projects, he’s had no shortage of work as of late.
Chris Bloomer, CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association