Conducting emergency exercises and practicing the implementation of response plans are part of Trans Mountain’s ongoing commitment to safety and emergency preparedness. In February, Trans Mountain conducted a winter spill deployment training and exercise in Clearwater, BC.

The purpose of the training was to refresh personnel on equipment located in the winter response trailers and to confirm initial spill response capabilities on a frozen water body. Activities undertaken as part of this training and exercise event included implementing ice safety and rescue techniques, calculation of ice weight capacity and use of sled-mounted chainsaws.

Trans Mountain conducts emergency exercises at varying locations along the pipeline each year to ensure responders can deploy under a variety of environmental conditions. For this exercise, responders had to contend with extreme winter snowfall, however, we were able to execute a response strategy while simulating on-ice containment and recovery operations.

Trans Mountain ensures all employees and contractors receive the training necessary to protect themselves, the public, Indigenous and local communities, and the environment in the event of an emergency. Formal training reinforced by regular emergency response exercises is key to maintaining our response readiness. Each year, we conduct more than 20 emergency response exercises, equipment deployment drills and training opportunities with many evaluated by regulatory agencies.

Sled-mounted chainsaw use and safety protocols.
Simulated ice slotting and trenching.