As part of Trans Mountain’s ongoing commitment to safety and emergency preparedness, we conducted two emergency response exercises on September 4 – 5, 2019, on the Nicola River and Nicola Lake in the Merritt, BC region.

“Our goal is to operate, manage and protect the pipeline system so our emergency response plans are never used, while being fully prepared for any type of incident,” says Kelly Malinoski, Trans Mountain’s Director of Emergency Management. “In-the-field training helps to ensure an efficient response in the unlikely event of an incident, and allows us to train together with agencies, first responders and Indigenous communities to ensure we are fully prepared to respond in a timely and effective manner.”

The purpose of the exercises was to test new response equipment, practice Trans Mountain’s Emergency Response Plan, confirm viable spill control points and refresh personnel on the water-based spill response tactics.

The exercises included both land- and water-based training, including training on the proper use of the new response equipment on the Nicola River at Lions Memorial Park, and the deployment of spill response resources on Nicola Lake. Equipment included oil spill response trailers, response boats, containment boom and associated spill response equipment. Employees, contractors, first responders, government agencies and Indigenous groups participated in, or observed, the exercise.

We are required by our regulators to have an Emergency Management Program (EMP) that anticipates, prevents, manages and mitigates conditions during the unlikely event of an emergency. Regular training and exercises are integral to our EMP to ensure a quick and efficient response.