Minimizing Environmental Impacts
At TransCanada, we are committed to protecting the environment. Not just because we have to, but because we want to. As one of North America’s leading energy infrastructure companies, we respect the diversity of the landscapes in which we operate and always consider the environmental and cultural aspects of our business activities. Millions of people depend on us to heat homes, power businesses and fuel transportation, and meeting this demand in an environmentally sustainable way has always been integral to our operations not just today, but also in the long term.
At TransCanada, we believe in developing and maintaining environmental policies and management systems to preserve the integrity of the environment. For example, recognizing the importance of native topography as well as soil and top soil conservation, our project teams implement the most effective methods and techniques designed for the highest quality reclamation processes.
Mitigating environmental effects
To minimize any effects that Energy East has on the surrounding environment, TransCanada conducts an Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment (ESA) and develops an Environmental Protection Plan (EPP), both of which are subject to regulatory approval. Our approach includes:
- Collecting information about the local environment for construction planning, and identifying appropriate measures to mitigate potentially adverse effects and sensitive environmental features.
- Conducting field studies, which includes assessments of heritage resources, vegetation, wetlands, soil, wildlife and aquatic habitats.
- Engaging with Aboriginal communities to collect Traditional Land Use information and Traditional Ecological Knowledge to learn about potential concerns and issues.
To safely construct and operate the pipeline, TransCanada will secure permanent access rights to strips of land called rights-of-way. They are generally 10 to 25 metres wide, with an additional 10 to 20 metres used as a temporary workspace during construction.
Once Energy East is in operation, the permanent right-of-way will be maintained at a width of 10 to 25 metres, to keep the area above it clear of trees, branches and invasive plants or weeds. The pipeline will be underground, except for some specific locations such as fenced valve sites or pump stations. TransCanada will conserve topsoil when digging on agricultural land, so it can be reclaimed afterwards. While we maintain right-of-way easement for the life of the project, we work with landowners to address any concerns caused by pipeline activities.
TransCanada will design, construct and operate Energy East with the goal of re-establishing the essential biophysical characteristics of the environment, ensuring equivalent land capability and biological diversity are maintained.