Each year, we evaluate the risks of wildfires along our pipeline corridors to determine if preventive planning is required and to assess new and emerging response practices to apply in the future.

Underground pipelines are typically buried a few feet below the surface and are protected from fire by the soil and the constant movement of liquid moving through the pipeline. Above-ground facilities such as terminals, pump stations and valves require additional attention as they are more likely to be affected by fire. 

In 2016, we developed a Wildfire Response Supplemental Plan that outlines strategic and tactical procedures to be used when a forest or wildfire has the potential to impact our pipelines and facilities. In 2017, we implemented the plan and successfully deployed preventive tactics to help protect our assets from fire, including removing brush and vegetation along parts of the pipeline right-of-way, installing sprinkler systems at facilities and protecting valves that were threatened by fire.

After the 2017 wildfire season, we evaluated the plan and obtained the following equipment to aid future fire response:

  • Structural Protection Unit (SPU) – An SPU is a specialty trailer designed to protect our pump stations against wildfire. An SPU has many tools that may be used to prevent sparks and embers from igniting station infrastructure. This may include deploying a sprinkler system to create a water curtain or to dampen structures and areas around the facility.
  • FireBozz System – A FireBozz system is a portable sprinkler system that sprays high volumes of water to create a fire guard. Once set up, the system raises ambient moisture which helps significantly decrease the likelihood of the ignition of facility infrastructure.
  • Fire Gel – Fire gel is used to coat and protect the surface of a piece of equipment such as communication wires or solar panels for automated valves while a fire burns through the location of the asset. Fire gel is primarily used when deployment of a sprinkler system is either impractical due to a remote location or a lack of available water.

While we have these plans and equipment in place, we also work with first responders and other community stakeholders to ensure a coordinated response to any emergency, including wildfire. We also encourage members of the public to report any suspicious or dangerous activity near our pipelines.

Here are some tips on how you can help us prevent and quickly respond to wildfires:

Notify us when a fire is near our right-of-way or facilities

Our pipelines are typically located underground but we have terminals, pump stations and valves located above ground. Please notify us if there is any risk of fire or if a fire is near or actively moving towards our pipeline right-of-way or facilities.  

Notify us before moving heavy vehicles or mobile equipment across the pipeline right-of-way

Our pipeline infrastructure and right-of-way must be treated with caution when crossed outside of established roadways. Federal regulations require that we be notified prior to any mobile equipment (vehicles) crossing or travelling along our right-of-way so we can complete a safety assessment on our pipelines.  

Damage prevention is a shared responsibility. To notify us of a wildfire near or approaching our facilities, please call our Emergency Notification Line at 1.888.876.6711.  

If you're planning any excavation activities, such as clearing brush for fire breaks, digging dugouts for water storage, establishing base camps or crossing with vehicles, please call or click before you dig

Canada:

BC One Call: 1.800.474.6886

AB One-Call: 1.800.242.3447

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Washington state:

Dial 811

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