Vokes, a former TransCanada metallurgical engineer, said the company’s substandard practices and failure to meet welding regulations led him to file a formal complaint with Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB). Vokes was moved to report TransCanada’s non-compliance to the federal body after officials with the company refused to act on his complaints.
"I wrote a series of emails to a series of project managers saying, ‘We can’t do this practice, we can’t do this practice, we can’t do this practice,’" Vokes told the CBC. “And I received increasingly pressured emails about how things were OK to do it that way.”
TransCanada fired Vokes on May 8, 2012. Less than 6 months later, the NEB issued a public letter to TransCanada, stating "many of the allegations of regulatory non-compliance identified by the complainant were verified by TransCanada’s internal audit."
The NEB added it was “concerned by TransCanada’s non-compliance with NEB regulations, as well as its own internal management systems and procedures.”