Surrey Firefighters in Hazmat training.

When a pipeline breaks

A U.S. expert is coming to Surrey Tuesday to discuss how to reduce the damage when the unthinkable happens

Somewhere in North Surrey, a contractor errantly strikes an underground pipeline.

It causes a spill of something. Exactly what it is, is unknown.

The accident, which should have been caught on SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) a high-tech control centre for transmission pipelines.

A recent study authored by Charles Jennings, U.S. public policy expert indicates the public spots the leaks well before it’s picked up by SCADA.

Timeliness of response is “the most important step in incident management,” Jennings writes in the 2014 report to the U.S. Transportation Research Board.

The worker likely reported it to his boss, who may call another superior before emergency crews are called.

The clock is ticking.

Surrey Fire crews arrive, locate the general area of the leak, but can’t say for certain what it is.

Several pipelines exist in some areas, and some of them can carry different hazardous materials at different times.

Knowing what is spilling can mean the difference in how the leak is attacked, whether Hazmat teams are required, and whether the nearby public has to be evacuated.

SCADA needs to be informed to shut down valves, however, even when they are, a leak is likely to continue, Jennings writes.

The secret to a successful response is closing the communications gaps that exist.

Jennings will be a Surrey City Hall in the council chambers on Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to give a seminar titled: Pipeline Emergencies: Planning to Bridge the Communications Gap.

Tickes are $150. Space is limited to 200 people. More information and registration is available at www.ufv.ca/research/pipeline.

 

Just Posted

Surrey 37 per cent behind in housing supply projections

Of 18 cities in Metro Vancouver, only City of North Vancouver and Richmond met or exceeded projections

Seniors plead to Surrey council ahead of public hearing for 1,000-plus unit development

In June, seniors in the buildings said they felt ‘left in the cold’ as plans for redevelopment materialized

Surrey RCMP asks for public’s help to find missing 15-year-old boy

Prabhjot Singh Gill was last seen Dec. 6 in the area of 140th Street and 66th Avenue

Winning Christmas card art shown at Surrey gallery

Arts Council of Surrey’s annual competition won by Edwin Stephen and Nancy Painter

Delta police campaign shines a light relationship violence

Campaign comes after a Delta man was charged with assault with a weapon and uttering threats

VIDEO: Boys help rescue Cariboo bear cub

The cub, weighing just 24lbs, has been taken to wildlife sanctuary in Northwest B.C. for the winter

Campbell River mom’s iPhone containing priceless photos stolen from Victoria hospital parkade

The phone contained photos, heartbeat recordings of her late son

Miller nets winner as Canucks edge Sabres 6-5 in OT

Roussel, Leivo tally two apiece for Vancouver

‘Norovirus-like’ outbreak interrupts Bantam hockey showcase in Greater Victoria

Several athletes were sent home, quarantined on the ferry

Strong turnout of volunteers to search for missing senior

Ted Vanderveen disappeared in rural Maple Ridge on Nov. 28

$578: that’s how much your first distracted driving ticket will cost with recent premium hikes

Over 50 per cent of Canadians admitted to using phone while driving last year, according to study

SkyTrain strike to begin Tuesday with ‘full shutdown’, CUPE says

BCRTC president says job action is ‘completely unacceptable’ to use SkyTrain users ‘as leverage’

Kelowna man attempts to steal bait bike from RCMP parking lot

38-year-old Brian Richard Harbison is facing several charges

Owners of hotels on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside fight $1 expropriation in court

Vancouver City Council voted to expropriate the properties for $1 each in November

Most Read