As part of our emergency response program, Trans Mountain conducts exercises to ensure employees and contractors receive the necessary training to protect themselves, the public, local communities and the environment in the rare event of an incident. We coordinate training and exercise plans with key stakeholders, including first responders, in the communities where we operate in varying seasons, locations and scenarios. In September, we conducted three emergency response exercises in Edmonton, AB, Bellingham, WA and Blue River, BC.

Edmonton, AB

At the Trans Mountain Edmonton Terminal, participants practiced hands-on spill response and decontamination tactics, used response equipment and practiced Emergency Response Plans. This training enhanced the participants’ response knowledge of emergency response spills and focused on personnel and equipment decontamination procedures.

Bellingham, WA

At Laurel Station, participants deployed equipment for containment and recovery of simulated released product within the manifold area. During the one-day event, participants had dryland training and were responsible for directing response actions and setting up required response equipment. An on-scene incident command post was established and various Incident Command System (ICS) positions were assigned.

Personnel place absorbent materials in the manifold at Laurel Station during emergency response drill

Blue River, BC

At Black Spruce Park in Blue River, participants practiced an equipment-based spill deployment exercise. The purpose of this exercise was to practice both land- and water-based response procedures and deployment strategies for a simulated release of product into the North Thompson River.
The one-day event focused on dryland equipment handling and overview, and on-water deployment training for a simulated spill response exercise. This included oil spill response trailers, a decontamination trailer, containment booms, anchors and a skimmer.

Boom being deployed during the Blue River deployment exercise