“Evan Vokes is a metallurgical engineer who learned that his employer, TransCanada Pipelines, often failed to comply with the engineering codes that are essential to ensure the safety and reliability of pipelines. After raising his concerns through the line of command to the senior executive and to the regulator without any satisfactory response, he went public with his allegations, which were featured on the CBC National news program in October 2012. Apparently stung into action by public criticism, the regulator launched an investigation which validated many of Vokes’ concerns.”
TransCanada’s pipeline blew up.
February 2016, National Observer
“TransCanada dismissed whistleblower. Then their pipeline blew up.”
“TransCanada Corp put substandard materials – made by Quebec manufacturing company, Ezeflow – in an Alberta natural gas pipeline that blew up in 2013, Canada’s pipeline regulator said on Friday as it finally responded to a four-year old warning from a whistleblower with a new industry-wide safety order.”: http://www.neb-one.gc.ca/sftnvrnmnt/sft/dvsr/sftdvsr/2016/2016-02-05gnrlrdr-eng.html
“The order gives all Canadian pipeline companies under federal jurisdiction 60 days to identify whether any of their pipelines are using specific types of pipeline fittings, made by Ezeflow in Quebec as well as fittings by Canadoil Asia produced in Thailand, that were flagged for safety reasons.”: http://ezeflow.com
“Ezeflow’s name was left out of a Transportation Safety Board of Canada report from 2015 on the 2013 rupture, and company officials said they were initially told by regulators that their name would be kept out of investigation reports.”:http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/pipeline/2013/p13h0107/p13h0107.asp
July 2016, National Observer
“Pipeline whistleblower calls for public inquiry after Husky alters oil spill report”
Comment on my side: I find fascinating what Evan says about the Iron Ring. In Canada, they have the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer:
They receive the Iron Ring as a symbol and swear an oath to DO NO HARM. Isn’t that how things should be? Shouldn’t all engineers and any kind of tech-people be obligated to build structures that don’t harm people and/or the environment?