The most critical and responsible emergency management strategy is to prevent a spill from occurring. However, if there’s a spill, Trans Mountain is prepared to respond quickly with detailed emergency procedures and trained professionals.

Our Emergency Management Program (EMP) is a comprehensive set of policies, procedures and processes designed to support our commitment to the safety and security of the public, workers, company property and the environment. The EMP is an all-hazards emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness and response designed to provide a continuous cycle of improvement as mandated by the Canada Energy Regulator Onshore Pipeline Regulations.

Here are the four phases of Emergency Management:


The goals and objectives of the EMP are to:

  • Build and enhance relationships with external organizations that may be asked to respond to an emergency
  • Use an integrated all-hazards risk based approach for mitigation, response and recovery during an emergency
  • Enhance preparedness capabilities through training and exercises
  • Ensure program documentation, equipment and prevention activities reflect current operations
  • Review emergency response activities after an event or exercise to maximize opportunities for continual improvement
  • Respond to emergency condition reports quickly

We regularly update emergency response plans. The plans are location specific. We identify locations of emergency response materials and equipment and we practice field deployment exercises.

We are prepared for oil releases and other emergencies such as fire, security breaches and natural disasters including earthquakes, floods, lightning strikes and avalanches. We also have 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. We continue to enhance our firefighting capacity and capabilities at storage terminals.