Human error increasingly a factor contributing to pipeline leaks, data suggests

CALGARY – Human error – whether it’s burying a pipeline too shallow or not fastening bolts tight enough – is increasingly a factor contributing to pipeline leaks, federal data suggests.

Figures compiled by the National Energy Board show that in the past three years, incorrect operation – which covers everything from failing to follow procedures to using equipment improperly – has caused an average of 20 leaks per year. That’s up from an average of four annually in the previous...

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