REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

has the honour to present its

EIGHTH REPORT


Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 to examine and report on the current state of the safety elements of the bulk transport of hydrocarbon products in Canada, respectfully requests funds for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.

Pursuant to Chapter 3:06, section 2(1)(c) of the Senate Administrative Rules, the budget submitted to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration and the report thereon of that committee are appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

RICHARD NEUFELD

Chair


STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON
ENERGY, THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

SPECIAL STUDY, HYDROCARBON TRANSPORTATION

APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2014

Extract from the Journals of the Senate, Wednesday, November 28 th, 2012 :

The Honourable Senator Neufeld moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Marshall:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources be authorized to examine and report on the current state of the safety elements of the bulk transport of hydrocarbon products in Canada. In particular, the committee shall be authorized to:

Examine the life cycle of hydrocarbon transmission pipelines across Canada, including but not limited to pipeline design, construction, operation, spill response and abandonment;

Examine the federal and provincial/territorial roles in hydrocarbon transmission pipeline oversight, including but not limited to legislation and regulations, standards, integrity management systems, monitoring, compliance and verification activities and incident response plans;

Examine the federal and provincial/territorial roles in ensuring the safety of the movement of hydrocarbon products via marine tanker vessels, including but not limited to legislation and regulations, standards, inspection and enforcement measures, risk management systems and incident response plans;

Examine the federal and provincial/territorial roles in ensuring the safety of rail transportation of hydrocarbon products, including but not limited to legislation and regulations, standards, inspection and enforcement measures, risk managements systems and incident response plans;

Examine and compare domestic and international regulatory regimes, standards, and best practices relating to the safe transport of hydrocarbons by transmission pipelines, marine tanker vessels and railcars;

Recommend specific measures to enhance the safety elements of the bulk transport of hydrocarbon products in Canada; and

That the committee submit its final report no later than June 30, 2013 and that the committee retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings until 180 days after the tabling of the final report.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

Gary W. O’Brien

Clerk of the Senate


APPENDIX (B) TO THE REPORT

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has examined the budget presented to it by the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources for the proposed expenditures of the said Committee for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, for the purpose of its special study on hydrocarbon transportation, as authorized by the Senate on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. The approved budget is as follows:

General Expenses $15,000
Activity 1: Washington, D.C. $39,312
Activity 2: Halifax, N.S. & Saint John, N.B. $102,246
TOTAL $156,558

(includes funds for fact-finding missions)

Respectfully submitted,

DAVID TKACHUK

Chair


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