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. Learn more about our Emergency Preparedness here.

Trans Mountain monitors any wildfire situations near the pipeline route closely to determine whether there is the potential for any impact to the pipeline system.

There are also isolation valves along the pipeline - all with a fire safe design meeting applicable standards. Our facilities all have Emergency Shut Down protection procedures in place to isolate them from the mainline, including automatic fire detection systems and gravel covered surfaces.

If a fire was impinging on one of our facility locations or a block valve site we would consider plans to shutdown and isolate those facilities until the fire risk was mitigated. After it was safe to enter the area, those facilities would be carefully inspected to ensure there was no damage from the fire before restarting.

As part of our Pipeline Protection Program, the pipeline right-of-ways (ROWs) are kept clear of major vegetation to provide visual access for aerial patrols. This also means that there is less fuel present to fuel a forest fire overtop of the pipeline. Cleared ROWs, in addition to pipeline burial depth, would protect the pipeline from the heat of a potential fire. Should a forest fire cross the pipeline, a coating inspection would be considered, however our pipeline engineers are not aware of any cases of forest fires damaging a pipeline or its coating.