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Cracks in the Pipeline System: Whistleblower Sounds Alarm over Flawed Weld Inspections

Crumpled pipeline

Acclaimed energy issues journalist Andrew Nikiforuk keys off the revelations of former TransCanada engineer Evan Vokes to reveal the risks built into pipeline projects in harsh climates, and dangers posed by inadequate inspections of critical welds.

In This Series



Pipeline Violations Poorly Enforced: Engineer

Former TransCanada employee says rupture risk is widespread, files safety complaint to PMO, regulators. A Tyee investigation, part one.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 28 Sep 2012


Crumpled pipeline

Pipeline Whistleblower: Cracks in The System

Insider ties poor weld inspections to rising rate of ruptures. Part two of a Tyee investigation.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 1 Oct 2012


Proposed route of Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline

Northern Gateway: A Pipeline Without a Seatbelt

A pipeline engineer's warning about rupture risks facing Enbridge's project as currently planned.

By Evan Vokes, 4 Oct 2012