Through many conversations in the community, we know that pipeline safety is a common interest and a value shared by Trans Mountain. We have heard some specific questions about our pipeline and its safe operation near homes and schools and welcome any opportunity to provide information and respond to questions.

Since the Trans Mountain Pipeline began operating in 1953, many communities have grown and developed around the pipeline right-of-way. It is important to understand that while the pipeline may be near homes and schools, it does not run under any buildings. Living or being active near our pipeline does not pose a health risk. In fact, there are community trails, sporting events, community gardens and all kinds of businesses and agricultural activities safely co-existing near the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

Safety is our top priority and is at the core of who we are as a company. Dedicated staff work to maintain the integrity of the pipeline through our maintenance, inspection and awareness programs. While no spill is acceptable to us, accidents can happen.

Trans Mountain has a comprehensive response plan that includes working with local authorities to make sure the public and the environment are kept safe. Where the pipeline runs near schools, we are open to working with individual schools or districts to fully support their safety efforts and ensure their emergency response plans and ours are coordinated.

To learn more about pipelines in our communities, watch this interview with Kinder Morgan Canada’s Vice President of Operations, Hugh Harden.