Bert Parker’s Saskatchewan farm was passed down to him from his dad, and he has been operating it for nearly 30 years.
Since the 1950s, his family has worked with TransCanada – it all began when his dad negotiated an agreement that allowed the Canadian Mainline natural gas pipeline to run underneath a section of their land.
As part of the proposed Energy East pipeline, a 3,000 kilometre portion of the Canadian Mainline will be converted to oil transport. The section under Parker’s land is part of the conversion.
“All has been good with TransCanada. Every time they need access to my land, they phone out before they come and tell you what they are going to do and when they are going to be there,” Parker says.
Nebraska farmer shares his perspective
Charles Barber is a Nebraska farmer with a similar story to tell. Since the Keystone Pipeline System was built deep beneath his crops in 2011, he’s also lived with the pipeline on his land.
“The ground doesn’t look any different than it did beforehand or the ground lying next to it. You farm it; you don’t know it’s even there. It hasn’t changed any of our process on the way we farm.”
Barber’s farm was passed down to him from his parents, and is now operated by his children. It’s a family business and family land – something to be protected.
Listening and learning
TransCanada’s commitment of honesty, fairness and respect is as strong as ever. We are working with every landowner affected by the project, just as we do with Parker and Barber.
For the Energy East project, we’ve already engaged over 7,000 landowners and over 750 municipalities across Canada, and the feedback we receive is often incorporated into the design of the pipeline. In fact, Energy East made close to 700 changes to the proposed pipeline route in response to specific concerns raised by landowners and municipalities as well as to protect the environment by avoiding water bodies and animal habitats.
Building on relationships
We connect and consult with landowners for years prior to construction to understand and address their concerns. Before a route is finalized, we work closely with landowners to understand the environmental, cultural and personal impacts the project may have on them and their land. The landowners we engage with play an important role in this understanding, and they always will.
“The individuals that we work with have all been very polite and trustworthy . . . they’ve all negotiated with us very openly,” Barber states. “As far as my family is concerned, they’re welcome in my house anytime.”