Today, Kinder Morgan Canada (KMC) conducted the company’s largest Emergency Response Exercise at its Westridge Marine Facility in Burnaby, BC as part of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) Emergency Management Program evaluation. The emergency scenario simulated a release from a vessel loading arm at the Westridge dock, where approximately 160m3 of crude oil entered the water.

The full-scale exercise provided an opportunity for KMC response personnel to practice the activation of our Westridge Marine Terminal Emergency Response Plan. The drill also included implementing a coordinated response with more than 300 participants between 20 emergency management agencies and responders, including Western Canada Marine Response Corporation’s (WCMRC) on-water response team in Burrard Inlet.

“Exercises like these demonstrate our industry-leading practices for incident prevention, response and recovery,” said Michael Davies, Senior Director, KMC. “As part of our ongoing operations, we use these exercises to train and practice together with agencies and first responders that would be involved in an incident to ensure we keep the communities we operate in prepared.”

As a federally regulated company KMC is required to conduct emergency response exercises and be evaluated. Each year, KMC conducts approximately 20 emergency management training sessions which include equipment deployments, table-top and communication exercises.

Today’s exercise demonstrates KMC has:

  • the technical capability and trained personnel to respond to an emergency which includes deploying equipment
  • the ability to communicate information to emergency agencies and the public during an incident
  • complied with NEB regulations

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