EAPUOC has been working to ensure public safety involving linear infrastructure for almost 40 years. Established in 1979 following a major natural gas liquids pipeline rupture in southeast Edmonton, we have grown to include nearly 40 distinguished member companies and reputable organizations in the Capital Region.
Who we are
EAPUOC is a not-for-profit society committed to promoting safety around buried pipelines and cables. As linear infrastructure stakeholders and specialists, we recognize the importance of awareness, protection, communication and control.
Our role is to help ensure the wellbeing of contractors and residents in our community, and to promote the collaboration, communication and sharing of learnings amongst our members. EAPUOC is proud to inform and connect the Capital Region.
EAPUOC was established after a major adverse event nearly four decades ago known as the Millwoods Incident. This significant petroleum pipeline rupture forced over 19,000 people from area businesses and homes and was known at the time as Canada’s largest peacetime evacuation.
Following an inquiry by Alberta’s Energy Resource Conservation Board (now the Alberta Energy Regulator), it was determined that third-party damage was the root cause. In addition to fifteen recommendations, the potential for partnerships between the City, local operators, and the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) was highlighted. EAPUOC was initiated shortly after to bring stakeholders together and to ensure collaborative planning, design, operation and communication.
EAPUOC is focused on the Capital Region. While our members' responsibilities extend throughout Alberta and beyond, our priority is the safety of contractors, pipeline and utility operators and residents in Edmonton metro area. We are proud to share our achievements and to model best practice for communities across North America.