Safety will always be our No. 1 priority. Ensuring the safety of communities and the environment is our most important duty—and everything we do is based on this foundation.
Every day, we are reminded of our responsibility and the importance of our task . . . because every day, we move 2.5 million barrels of oil and 6 billion cubic feet of natural gas across North America. Additionally, by 2018, we will be generating more than 2,700 MW of renewable energy from wind, solar and geothermal facilities—enough to meet the electricity needs of more than one million homes.
Every year, we produce the Enbridge Safety Report to the Community, provides our neighbors with an overview of our annual safety and reliability performance—not only in the areas where our safety performance was strong, but also those areas where it was not strong enough.
The Enbridge Safety Report to the Community also offers a closer look at what we do to prevent incidents and keep people, communities and the environment safe.Download the report
As a company that transports, distributes and generates energy, Enbridge is both at the center of providing North Americans with the energy they need—and at the center of social, environmental and economic issues associated with that energy.
Enbridge's 2015 CSR & Sustainability Report focuses on the sustainability-related topics that are most relevant to our neighbors—including community economic benefits, supply chain management, water protection, climate change, community investment, emergency preparedness, and Aboriginal and Native American rights and engagement.
In the spirit of transparency, Enbridge's CSR Report reflects the progress we made in 2015 in some areas, while also showing that we still have work to do in others.READ OUR CSR REPORT ONLINE
In 2015, we safely delivered more than 2.8 billion barrels of crude oil—connecting suppliers and refiners via our growing North American pipeline network. We play a small but essential role in collecting people to the energy they need for their quality of life, and we do it safely, reliably and responsibly.
We had a total of 45 leaks on our crude oil pipelines in 2015, totaling 279 barrels. Of those 45 leaks, 38 occurred and remained on Enbridge property. And of those 45 leaks, 31 measured less than one barrel, while 40 measured less than 10 barrels. Of the total volume we spilled in 2015, 95% was fully contained within our facilities, and cleaned up with little or no environmental impact.
In seven of those 45 leaks, a total of 15 barrels were spilled on our pipeline rights-of-way or outside of our properties. In all cases, we reported the spills to regulators, responded rapidly and cleaned up the impacted areas.
Both in terms of the number of leaks (45) and the volume of crude oil released (279 barrels), 2015 was the best safe delivery record in our recent history. At the same time, the amount of crude we safely delivered increased significantly. We delivered nearly 19% more oil than in 2014, with a 90% reduction in spill volume.
The statistics show that our safety focus is making a difference. But, like you, we believe that even one spill is too many, and we apply what we learn from every incident to become even safer.
Across our systems we focus on the conditions that caused incidents in the past, while learning from them to minimize the risk and prevent similar incidents in the future.
The Foundational Safety Stories recount four serious incidents from our past that we pause to remember and reflect on each year on their anniversaries:
When we remember the incidents captured in the Foundational Safety Stories we recall their lessons and remind ourselves of the profound impact they had on individuals, communities and the environment.
Through our Foundational Safety Stories, we create an emotional connection to safety and a shared and common understanding of why safety is absolutely critical to the work we do.
Following the most significant environmental incident in Enbridge’s history—the Line 6B spill near Marshall, Michigan in July 2010—we created a lasting symbol and reminder of the importance of safety for our employees.
Made with steel from Line 6B in Michigan, the ring is presented to every permanent employee when they join Enbridge. The ring is a humble reminder of every incident in our long history, inspiring us to be safe today and even safer tomorrow.
The Enbridge Ring underscores our common duty, every day, to maintain trust and protect the safety of all those who count on Enbridge.
We adhere to a set of core values that help define what Enbridge stands for as we deliver the energy that powers people’s lives.
Members of Enbridge’s workforce demonstrate integrity, safety and respect in support of our communities, the environment and each other.LEARN MORE
On the afternoon of July 27, 2012, pipeline operators in the Enbridge control center detected a sudden drop in pressure on Line 14 near Grand Marsh, Wisconsin.READ RICH'S STORY