The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says its review of gas pipelines in the country’s northeast is not required because it’s already done.
A spokeswoman said the company, Enbridge Inc., is not yet required to conduct a gas line test.
Enbridge is already required to do so.
Envisat Corp. says it is not, either.
The CBC News investigation found that Enbridge, which operates gas pipelines across Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, routinely fails to test pipelines that have the same chemical makeup as natural gas, leaving the public with a false sense of safety.
In 2016, Envisit tested the pipelines in Toronto’s northeast with a gas-like chemical in the form of carbon monoxide.
The company says it tested the pipeline in 2017 and found the same gas in the pipeline.
But Envisate said it only tested a portion of the pipeline, and that it was not able to prove that the gas was from natural gas.
Enviva Energy Ltd.
also tested gas pipelines at a plant in St. Catharines, Ont., in 2016 and 2017, and found similar gas in several places.
Enviax is now in talks with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to conduct its own tests.
It said it will not have to conduct gas testing at its other pipeline sites in northern Ontario.
Enveca, which owns the pipeline company, said it would have to pay for the tests, as well as take a similar action against the other pipeline company.