Sharing of Geographic Response Plans an Industry First

Trans Mountain has launched a new website featuring its Geographic Response Plans to help guide and direct emergency response actions in the critical first 48 hours following an incident. The comprehensive plans are designed to expedite response times and enhance capabilities, and were developed following a lengthy research and consultation process.  

As part of its overarching Emergency Management Plan for the Trans Mountain Pipeline, Trans Mountain has been sharing these plans with communities and first responders directly along the pipeline route, but has now shared them on a website to allow more communities and agencies to benefit from the work. It’s the first time a pipeline company in North America has done this.

“Geographic Response Plans will enable us to respond to an incident more efficiently and effectively, limiting potential impacts to sensitive areas downstream of a release point,” says Jamie Kereliuk, Trans Mountain’s Director of Emergency Management.

As a component of Trans Mountain’s overall Emergency Management Plan, Geographic Response Plans identify and set out actions to be taken at ecologically and culturally sensitive areas, such as a municipal water intake, a sensitive environmental feature, a coastline area, a river crossing or a place of cultural or environmental significance to an Aboriginal group.

The Plans also locate and classify over 600 control points where responders can establish a spill response strategy and deploy equipment to allow crews to respond more effectively to capture, collect and recover the product.

The data was collected during a multi-year research program that included spill modelling, data analysis and field verification. The information has been uploaded to a new Control Points Map website that can be accessed by communities, other industries and emergency response personnel along the right-of-way.

“We’ve been working closely with local communities, stakeholders and Aboriginal Groups to incorporate their local knowledge into these strategies” He adds that industry is now taking a leadership role in developing and implementing these types of plans. Kereliuk was in Portland, Oregon as part of the Clean Pacific Conference, where he was asked to speak with industry leaders about Trans Mountain’s work on Geographic Response Plans.

Over the past 65 years, Trans Mountain has developed a comprehensive Emergency Management Program designed to support the commitment to the safety and security of the public, workers, company property and the environment. The Program has been enhanced as part of the Expansion Project in order to meet the needs of an expanded system.

For more information on Trans Mountain’s Emergency Management Program click here.  

For more information on the Geographic Response Plan Control Points Web Map click here