TransCanada, the company seeking to build the Keystone XL pipeline, is “non-compliant” in four of nine key regulatory areas, Canada’s National Energy Board said, including in “hazard identification, risk assessment and control.”
The company has already started working to address the issues, the audit's executive summary said, yet "a number of the allegations of regulatory non-compliance were identified and addressed by TransCanada only after the complainant’s allegations were made and were not proactively identified by the company’s management system.”
The company was also in violation in the areas of “inspection, measurement and monitoring” and “management review.”
TransCanada has 30 days to submit a “corrective action plan” to address the findings, the NEB said.
TransCanada is seeking to build a pipeline from oil-sands in Alberta to refineries and distribution centers in the United States, a project that’s become a major battleground between industrialists and environmentalists.
The project, currently undergoing review by federal agencies in the Untied States, must be approved by President Barack Obama. He is expected to issue his decision later this year.