As part of its ongoing commitment to safety and emergency preparedness, Kinder Morgan Canada (KMC) conducted a full-scale emergency exercise for its existing Trans Mountain Pipeline on January 31. The purpose of the planned exercise was to practice KMC’s Emergency Response Plans and refresh personnel on winter emergency response procedures.

The exercise included a mock scenario to practice spill response plans for Jasper National Park. An Incident Command Post (ICP) was set up in Jasper, AB, where several agencies and first responders, including Parks Canada, the Municipality of Jasper, Alberta Health Services and the National Energy Board, participated alongside personnel. Due to the winter and on-water ice conditions in Jasper, the equipment deployment took place on the fire-water pond at KMC’s Edson Pump Station in Edson, AB. Crews practiced ice-response techniques using of ice augers, chainsaws and handsaws. No oil or simulated product was released during the exercise.

KMC is required by its regulators to have an Emergency Management Program that anticipates, prevents, manages and mitigates conditions during the unlikely event of an emergency. Regular training and exercises such as this are integral to KMC’s safety and emergency preparedness program to ensure a quick and efficient response.