Community land use, including residences, commercial, recreation and parks, is one of the routing principles Trans Mountain used to guide the determination of the expanded pipeline route.

At Trans Mountain, we take our commitment to environmental protection seriously and understand the sensitivities when routing through parks and green spaces. As part of the Expansion Project, substantial work has gone into determining environmental impacts and mitigation methods to reduce the impact to the environment. Our goal is to protect the environment, have as little impact as possible and, where possible, ensure we are returning the land to its original function. 

Trans Mountain has proven success building through environmentally sensitive areas and in conducting detailed restoration work.

While building our Anchor Loop project through Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park in 2007-2008, Trans Mountain was able to protect and enhance the environment in those parks. Our team was dedicated to protecting the environment at every step during construction to minimize impact on local ecosystems and critical wildlife habitats. We undertook a comprehensive environmental assessment and the results of these extensive studies guided the development of our Environmental Protection Plan (EPP) and Restoration Plan for construction. The EPP outlined specific protection measures to minimize impacts to environmental, socio-economic and cultural resources. Through this work, numerous mitigation strategies were proposed to avoid or minimize the project’s impacts, including:

  • Scheduling activities to avoid sensitive periods
  • Development of detailed, practical and effective mitigative measures to address numerous site-specific and general issues
  • Inspection during construction to ensure that planned mitigation was implemented and effective
  • Continuing maintenance and operation of the pipeline system to a high standard of environmental excellence
  • Development of a Restoration Plan to ensure the project would result in a net ecological and cultural gain for both Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park 

Following construction, Trans Mountain’s goal was to return the land to the way it was or better without compromising operations or maintenance requirements. We recognized the uniqueness and the environmental sensitivity of Jasper National Park and Mt. Robson Provincial Park, and our rigorous environmental assessment and management processes ensured we met or exceeded all environmental requirements and commitments. For our efforts the Anchor Loop Project earned an Emerald Award recognizing environmental leadership and excellence.

The experience of constructing a pipeline in environmentally sensitive areas and restoration of the land demonstrates our ability and confidence to responsibly expand the pipeline system once again. Once the Anchor Loop was commissioned, we returned the land to the way it was, and in some specific areas to a better condition. Similarly, when the Trans Mountain Expansion Project is completed, our detailed reclamation and mitigation processes will help ensure the successful restoration of the areas impacted by construction. 

The success of Anchor Loop was a collaborative effort between many experts and professionals who shared the same core value of protecting the environment, many of them who are also part of the Expansion Project team.