TC Energy has granted an Insurance Data Protection Shield for Natural Gas Lines by Canada’s Regulator


TC Energy Corp. became the second Canadian pipeline company to be authorized to keep the names of its insurers secret.

In a file filed on Wednesday, September 1, Canada’s Energy Regulations (CER) granted the privacy shield to TC for its natural gas lines: TransCanada PipeLines Ltd., Nova Gas Transmission Ltd., Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd., Trans Québec & Maritimes Pipeline Inc. and Great Lakes Pipeline Canada Ltd.

TC won the decision without a fight.

The news comes after Trans Mountain Pipeline was granted permission in April to withhold the names of its oil pipeline insurers by winning a battle against enemies who sought to identify and protest participants in the industry’s funding. fossil fuels. Trans Mountain had sought protection during protests in British Columbia, where pipeline enemies staged small, noisy rallies in office towers in downtown Vancouver.

In the most recent decision, CER noted that, unlike Trans Mountain, TC has failed to prove that the protest has reduced the number of insurance companies willing to provide pipeline coverage or to raise premiums for gas lines. fonts. Still, the regulator has said the identity of insurance companies is considered private business information under the legislation that defines its mandate.

The names of the pipeline insurance providers have yet to be disclosed to the agency.

“Information relating to the limit of liability or amount of coverage, the insurance broker issuing the certificate, the policy dates for coverage and the type of coverage is all information that is always available to the user. public, ”CER said.

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