TransCanada’s emergency preparedness
While we take every possible safety precaution available to prevent a leak, we must also be prepared for any potential circumstance. In the unlikely event of a spill, TransCanada provides the expertise, equipment and personnel required to reclaim a site to its pre-spill condition. Detailed analysis of spill scenarios also helps us determine where to locate resources so that we can respond as quickly and effectively as possible.
Personnel and equipment are typically located close to:
- Navigable waterways or other water crossings
- Populated or urban areas
- Sensitive areas, such as drinking water locations and aquifers
- Ecological, historical and archaeological resources
We develop strategies with regulatory agencies based on conditions such as:
- Land and surface water
- Soil type
- Amount of oil
- Type of oil
Emergency drills and exercises
We regularly conduct emergency drills and exercises so company personnel and external agencies can practice the skills and communication protocols required in the unlikely event of an incident.
We work collaboratively with local law enforcement, fire departments and other local emergency responders on a continuous basis, inviting them to participate in exercises and training to better understand our processes.
In the event of an incident, close collaboration between pipeline operators and first responders is vital to successfully protecting the public and the environment. These partnerships create a unified approach and a consistent response before, during and after any emergency.
Over the past five years, we have contributed over $2.5 million to more than 370 fire departments and organizations in the United States and Canada.