Canadian Energy Pipeline Association Ending Operations

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) Board of Directors announced the organization will cease operations on Dec. 31 after 28 years.

The group attributed the closure to recent changes in CEPA’s membership “which makes it no longer feasible to carry on operations and effectively execute CEPA’s mandate in the future.” These membership changes include the departure of TC Energy Corp. and Pembina Pipeline Corp., two of Canada’s largest midstream companies, the Financial Post reported.

Enbridge Inc. also left the organization in 2019, according to the Financial Post.

“The decision was not taken lightly,” CEPA President and CEO Chris Bloomer said in a statement. “We are proud of the impact CEPA has had on the Canadian energy policy landscape. In addition, through our industry collaboration, we established the Integrity First program to help pipeline companies share and implement leading practices, keeping pipelines safe and communities protected.”

The Financial Post quoted Bloomer saying the loss of the companies brought uncertainty for the organization going forward, and “we needed to not muddle along but bring this to an end.” He also noted that the industry is changing with a focus on renewable energy.

CEPA’s focus for the remainder of 2021 is to scale down our operations in an orderly fashion, the organization said, which includes completing any outstanding work and honoring our financial obligations.

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