On September 19, 2019, we conducted a full-scale emergency response exercise in Valemount, BC as part of Trans Mountain’s ongoing commitment to safety and emergency preparedness. 

The exercise included a fully-staffed Incident Command Post (ICP), as well as land- and water-based equipment deployment on Kinbasket Lake, including 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.

The purpose of the exercise was to practice our Emergency Response Plan, confirm viable spill control points and refresh personnel on the water-based spill response tactics.

Exercises like this are a great way to practice a coordinated response with our partners so in the unlikely event we do have an emergency, we are prepared to respond in an effective and efficient manner.

Trans Mountain is required to have an Emergency Management Program that anticipates, prevents, manages and mitigates conditions during the unlikely event of an emergency. We regularly practice our plans and conduct more than 20 emergency response exercises, equipment deployment drills and training opportunities each year.

Over more than 65 years, we’ve developed a comprehensive program based on a combination of regulatory compliance, operational need, industry best practices and lessons learned through regular exercises and actual incidents.