Spectra hit with safety order, fines

A leak at Spectra's McMahon gas processing plant in May.

The National Energy Board of Canada has issued a safety order against Spectra Energy and its Westcoast Energy arm of processing operations in northeastern B.C. and Alberta.

The order, posted online today, says board inspectors found 27 violations of NEB processing plant regulations during a 14-month period of inspections stemming back to April 2014, including inspections of a pair of its plants in Fort Nelson and Dawson Creek.

The order describes the violations as systemic “management system failures,” and focus on material handling, venting gas, product spills, and not having the right trained staff on site.

The order requires Spectra to file a report outlining their management systems, and to provide staffing reports for its Kwoen, McMahon, and Sikanni gas processing plants.

In addition to the safety order, the NEB has also slapped Spectra with a total of more than $122,000 in penalties this year in relation to three different incidents.

Spectra spokesman Jesse Semko says the company will do what’s needed to meet the NEB’s requirements.

The full order can be read here.

— with files from The Canadian Press