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What are shut off valves?

Shut-off valves are devices placed within a pipeline that can isolate any segment of pipeline where data that’s gathered indicates a possible leak. In the highly unlikely event of a leak, control centre operators will activate the valves, closing them to stop the flow of oil into the area where there is a potential leak.

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How do we monitor pipelines?

TransCanada has a number of measures in place to monitor our pipelines. We have a high-tech control centre based in Calgary that is staffed 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

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Why do you work with emergency responders in communities?

The likelihood of a pipeline incident is extremely rare. That’s why it’s crucial we work with first responders to prepare for the incident that’s least likely to happen during their careers. This is precisely why TransCanada works closely with local emergency response crews in the communities where we operate. We know that working with local first response crews ensures the safety of the public, which is of upmost importance to you and us.

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Who takes responsibility in the unlikely event of a spill?

Energy East is 100 per cent responsible for responding, cleaning and restoring the site in the unlikely event of a pipeline leak. We would also be 100 per cent responsible for the cost associated with remediation work. Canada’s pipeline regulations are rigorous, transparent and among the most stringent in the world. As a responsible company, it is our duty to meet these standards and we have taken this very seriously throughout our 65-year existence.

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How are pipelines safe?

Pipelines are the safest way to transport large quantities of crude oil over land. This has been confirmed by Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) and a study by the Fraser Institute. Transporting oil to market by other transportation methods such as trains and tankers, carry higher risks of spill and personal injuries than pipelines.

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How are pipeline leaks prevented and detected?

TransCanada invested $1.5 billion in pipeline integrity and preventative maintenance programs in 2015. We also monitor our pipelines 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We carry out regular “in-line” inspections, which is when a device is used to create a map of pipeline wall-thickness and integrity. The Energy East team will set up comprehensive Emergency Response Plans (EMR) as a proactive measure, which involves the placement of specialized equipment and trained field crews along the entire route, as well as regular training exercises. The EMR ensures we are prepared in the unlikely event of a leak.

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How does Energy East prepare for emergencies?

TransCanada will develop and update Emergency Response Plans (EMR) with local stakeholders to ensure we are ready to respond quickly and efficiently to any kind of pipeline emergency. In 2015 alone, we worked with local and public agencies to complete more than 125 emergency drills and exercises across our network of pipelines. Emergency responders have access to response equipment at sites along the pipeline route.

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Contact the Energy East team at EnergyEast@transcanada.com