The Trans Mountain Expansion Project crosses approximately 481 kilometres of multi-use and agricultural land in British Columbia and Alberta – almost 50 per cent of pipeline construction on the Project.

We know the importance of protecting farm and ranch land, not just during construction, but in our day-to-day pipeline operations. In more than 65 years of operations, we’ve built lasting relationships with landowners along the existing pipeline route and continue to work closely with them to identify and mitigate potential risks.

Working with landowners along the Expansion Project corridor, we’ve used a number of different tactics to manage the impacts of construction on their lands, including livestock fencing, cattle guards, directed pastureland access and in some cases livestock relocation. Fencing is used to keep cattle in a safe location while construction is active and once complete. Fencing also allows ranchers and farmers to position their livestock for effective pasture management, which allows for weed mitigation and preservation of native grass species. Cattle guards are used to prevent cattle from leaving their fenced area, but still allow for the rancher and vehicles to move freely between areas. If livestock fencing and cattleguards aren’t the most suitable option, we can work with farmers and ranches on their suggestions or livestock can be relocated.

Each situation is different and requires a collaborative approach to understand our landowners’ unique concerns. Our goal is to protect the environment, have as little impact as possible and, where we do have an impact, ensure we return the land to its original function.