Pipeline safety and protection of the communities and environment where Trans Mountain operates are top priorities. If the proposed expansion of Trans Mountain Pipeline is approved, construction could begin as early as 2016, with the pipeline ready for use at the end of 2017. Extensive dialogue has taken place with all landowners, neighbours, Aboriginal Peoples, communities and other stakeholders and would continue throughout the construction and post-construction phases.
At the beginning of the construction, an easement and any additional temporary workspace required for construction are surveyed. This area, normally less than 45 metres in width, is then cleared of trees and brush. The topsoil is also removed and carefully segregated for future reclamation.
From the commencement of the survey to final cleanup, a particular parcel of land would normally be disrupted for one to two months. This timing is subject to location specific variables, however, every effort is made to minimize impact to landowners. In areas where there may be a potential public safety concern, restricted areas are established. Noise, dust and other disturbances are mitigated to avoid the impact impact to the public and surrounding area.
Project construction activities will be planned to minimize disturbance and impact to landowners and the community. This will include the use of trenchless technologies in select locations to minimize potential disruption or environmental impact. Public awareness communications will be undertaken to notify local communities when, where and for how long construction and/or disturbances may take place.
Following construction, Trans Mountain's objective is to return the right-of-way to preconstruction conditions, to the extent possible.
Construction activities and mitigation of impacts are defined in Volumes 4 and 5 of the Application. Volume 6 includes Environmental Protection Plans that will govern all construction activities.