Reclaiming the Land
TransCanada is committed to protecting the environment, which is why we work with landowners and environmental experts to ensure that land’s agricultural capability and biological diversity is reclaimed to pre-construction conditions. We do this through measures such as conserving top soil resources, replanting with native grass and plant species, restoring specific wildlife habitat and re-establishing stable historical drainage patterns.
Over the course of our 60-year history, TransCanada has successfully restored hundreds of thousands of acres of land in arid grasslands, mountainous regions, sandy soils, muskeg, wetlands and rich crop lands. Reclamation success will be monitored during the years following construction, and efforts will not be considered complete until they meet the satisfaction of landowners and regulatory agencies.
- Planning for reclamation of the pipeline right-of-way takes into consideration the results of soils, vegetation, wildlife and fisheries surveys, as well as information on current land use.
- Vegetation inventories provide information on the vegetation communities crossed by the pipeline and provide the basis for preliminary seed mixes.
- Current land use (native range, improved pasture, hay land, cultivation, etc.) information is gathered to aid in determining construction and reclamation procedures to be implemented on a particular parcel of land.
- Soil survey information is used to determine appropriate soil handling techniques to conserve topsoil and prevent soil mixing.
- Ensure your property is returned to its pre-construction productivity level
- Wildlife and fisheries surveys are used to identify areas where specific reclamation measures, such as specialized stream bank restoration measures (bio-engineering techniques) are required to re-establish fish and wildlife habitat.
Once construction is finished, TransCanada maintains the right-of-way for the entire life of the pipeline. We will work with landowners to address any issues that may arise as a result of our activities.