The most critical and responsible emergency management strategy is to prevent a spill from occurring at all. However, in the case of a spill, Kinder Morgan Canada (KMC) is prepared to respond quickly with detailed emergency procedures and trained professionals.
KMC’s 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 National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations .
There are four phases of Emergency Management:
The goals and objectives of the EMP are to:
- Build and enhance relationships with external organizations that may be called upon to respond to an emergency;
- Employ 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 ensure opportunities for continual improvement are maximized; and
- Respond to emergency condition reports in a timely manner.
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.
KMC 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. KMC 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. KMC continues to enhance its firefighting capacity and capabilities at storage terminals.