Trans Mountain is committed to leaving its operating locations and environment fully reclaimed. Innovative strategies for environmental conservation and legacy have always been part of Trans Mountain operations and will be an important element in the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
In 2004, as part of the Anchor Loop expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline through Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park, Trans Mountain committed to leaving a “net ecological benefit” to the two parks, more than offsetting the residual impact of the looping project. An analysis of the stakeholder-based process for development and application of this mechanism was prepared by Dave Poulton in his paper Biodiversity Offsets and Pipeline Construction: A Case Study of the TMX Anchor Loop Project.
As described in this case study, the Anchor Loop Project resulted in establishment of a $3 million Legacy fund to support the pursuit of net benefits. Views and opinions in the paper are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Kinder Morgan Canada and Trans Mountain Pipelines.
Jasper and Mount Robson Park each received $350,000 directly from the Legacy Fund for initiatives important to them. The remainder (approximately $2.3 million) has been set aside for investment in projects that create significant environmental benefits. These efforts will focus on maintaining and enhancing wildlife habitat, particularly for aquatic species and large carnivores. Projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2014. For more information, visit www.transmountainlegacyfund.com.
Legacy funds, local projects and other undertakings that directly benefit the local communities along the pipeline will also be part of the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
Dave Poulton is the Principal of David W. Poulton Environmental Strategies, a consultant to organizations and businesses, with a special interest in fostering cross-sectoral collaborations. Dave is also a graduate student in the Natural Resources, Energy and Environment program at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. His research interests include market-based conservation, water allocation policy, parks and protected areas and land-use planning.
He served as Executive Director of the Calgary/Banff (now Southern Alberta) Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) from 2000 to 2008, and Conservation Director of that organization from 1999 to 2000. He led a number of campaigns for protected areas and sustainable land-use planning, and was a participant in many consultative processes. Prior to joining CPAWS Dave practiced law in Calgary for 11 years. He holds a B.A. and M.A., in political science from the University of Calgary, and LL.B. from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.