In operation since October 1953, the Trans Mountain Pipeline was established to create a reliable energy supply for Canada and the United States. The initial capacity was 150,000 barrels per day with four pump stations along the line and a marine loading dock. Since 1953, the capacity of the pipeline system has been increased a number of times by twinning parts of the line and adding associated facilities. Today the Trans Mountain pipeline carries 300,000 barrels per day and operates the Westridge Marine Terminal facility, loading approximately five tankers per month.
Pipeline safety is our number one priority, and through the experience gained in 60+ years of operation, Trans Mountain has developed a mature suite of programs to maximize the safety of the pipeline. 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. Trans Mountain is committed to transparency involving spills that have occurred along its lines. Spills are reported and available for public knowledge.
The people who work for Trans Mountain are dedicated and passionate. In some cases, multiple generations within a family have worked on the pipeline. Safety of the public, the environment and their colleagues is of critical importance for each and every one who works at Trans Mountain.
Kinder Morgan recognizes that addressing climate change is a global priority. It is a matter that requires the cooperation and contributions of citizens, industry, the environmental community and governments nationally and globally to advance the broad alignment of environmental responsibility and economic opportunity for all. For more information on Kinder Morgan's statement on climate change click here. Learn more about about Kinder Morgan's Environment, Health & Safety initiatives here.