The most critical and responsible emergency preparedness strategy is to prevent a spill from occurring at all. However, in the case of a spill, Trans Mountain is prepared to respond quickly with detailed emergency procedures and trained professionals.
Emergency response plans are constantly being updated to keep them current. The plans are location specific, identify locations of emergency response materials and equipment, and are regularly practiced through field deployment exercises. Review an introductory summary of our emergency response plans that was prepared for workshops with first responders and emergency managers along the pipeline corridor.
Trans Mountain is prepared not only for oil releases, but a variety of other emergencies as well, such as fire, security breaches and natural disasters including earthquakes, floods, lightning strikes and avalanches. Trans Mountain also has firefighting equipment and safeguards in place, including early fire detection system and foam piping on all floating roof tanks, fire pumps, a foam trailer, a large fire-water reservoir, hoses, monitors and other equipment. Trans Mountain continues to enhance its firefighting capacity and capabilities at storage terminals. A fire system upgrade project is currently underway at the Burnaby Storage Terminal, slated for commissioning in summer 2014.
Teams prepare for these worst-case scenarios using the Trans Mountain Emergency Response Plan and the Incident Command System and through table-top and field deployment drills. These often include the participation of local municipal and provincial emergency responders and officials.
As part of an ongoing commitment to safety and environmental protection, Trans Mountain takes responsibility for the cleanup and remediation of spills by responding immediately to any release from the pipeline system. Trans Mountain works with pre-qualified and trained consultants and contractors to ensure any spill is cleaned up as quickly as possible while ensuring the safety of the public and minimizing impacts to the environment.
During any cleanup, biologists and environmental consultants are on-site to help with their areas expertise. These partners work in tandem with the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) and Western Canadian Spill Services (WCSS), both of which are accredited organizations constituted specifically to respond to marine and inland spills, respectively.