Since announcing the Energy East project in August 2013, our teams have travelled across the country meeting with thousands of Canadians – landowners, Indigenous communities, local residents and elected officials – to answer important questions on a pipeline that will finally allow our country to use its own energy resources instead of importing foreign oil at a premium.
Building and operating a safe pipeline
There’s no short answer to this because every single thing we do is driven by safety, from the design and routing stage to construction and operation, from the materials and welding techniques to 24/7 monitoring from our high-tech control centre, as well as regular in-line inspections with advanced tools and aerial patrols.
Over the next few weeks, the Energy East team will tour 22 communities in the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick to answer the questions you may have on pipeline safety and emergency response. Preventing incidents is of paramount priority to TransCanada, which is why we prepare for everything, even the unlikely.
One of the key learnings from discussions with some of you was related to emergency response plans (ERP), which outline the procedures and resources to ensure the safest and most efficient response to a pipeline emergency.
These detailed plans, which are aimed at protecting and mitigating impacts to the public, responders, property and the environment, are typically finalized and provided to the National Energy Board (NEB) in the latter part of the regulatory process. But we know how important they are to communities living near the proposed Energy East route, and this is why we’ve already started developing them – earlier than the regulatory process requires.
Committed to safety
We’re committed to safety, and have been for the past 60 years. We look forward to answering your questions during the Safety and Emergency Response Information Days that we’ll be bringing to communities like yours. (Check our calendar of local events.)
Come get the facts about pipeline safety!