Keeping Communities Safe
At TransCanada, safety is our number one value. Keystone XL will prioritize safety for workers, communities, stakeholders and Indigenous communities. Keystone XL will be built with the latest technology to ensure that it upholds TransCanada’s fundamental commitment to safety and the communities it serves.
- Will use 36″ diameter, corrosion-resistant, coated pipe, conduct weld examination, hydrostatic testing and cathodic protection to ensure the long-term integrity of the pipeline. The latest technology will be built into the pipe to monitor flow with automatic shut off capability
- Includes remotely controlled shutoff valves, increased pipeline inspections and burying the pipe deeper in the ground
- We monitor our pipeline system 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through a centralized high-tech center
- Technology that sends data every five seconds from thousands of data points to our monitoring center and if a drop-in pressure is ever detected, we can isolate any section of the pipeline by remotely closing any of the hundreds of valves on the system within minute
- Regularly occurring aerial patrols and land reviews supplement digital monitoring
- In 2015 TransCanada invested over $1.5 billion in asset integrity and preventative maintenance programs.
Like all our operations, Keystone XL will have comprehensive Emergency Response Plans in place that outline the steps we’ll take to respond in the unlikely event of an incident. We develop these plans throughout the project, and don’t go into operation until they’re finalized.
We work very closely with emergency responders across our pipeline route so that everyone will be prepared in case of an incident. Every year, we host over 100 TransCanada Safety Exercises to ensure that we, and our first response partners, are ready in the rare case of an incident.
In an emergency situation, our goal is to ensure an effective, coordinated response to contain and control any incident so we protect you, your community, the environment and surrounding infrastructure.
Our local field staff handles direct response activities, such as isolation of the emergency, containment and control, co-ordination of response activities and restoration of service. We also work with local communities through regular emergency drills and exercise, which allows us to build relationships with local first responders and community officials, informing each other of emergency response strategies and gaining an understanding of each other’s roles and responsibilities.