To ensure the continued safe operations of our pipeline system, Trans Mountain conducts routine vegetation management on the right-of-way and at our facilities. A clear and safe right-of-way with visible marking signage and free of tall-growing vegetation and obstructions is both a federal and provincial regulatory requirement. It provides access for our crews to conduct pipeline maintenance, inspections and emergency response.

Our ongoing vegetation management program includes clearing vegetation along the right-of-way to allow adequate access and ensure our aerial and ground patrols have a clear view of the right-of-way. Aerial inspections allow us to monitor sensitive areas such as rivers or streams that cross the pipeline to look at the health of vegetation and identify any locations of erosion. Trans Mountain representatives can then be dispatched to investigate and correct any concerns, if required. Routine patrols also alert us to third party excavation activity near the pipeline.

We are also responsible for managing problem vegetation along our right-of-way and at our facilities, including:

  • Noxious weeds that pose a hazard to people, animals or crops.
  • Invasive weeds, which are plants that have been introduced into the environment that threaten naturally-occurring and indigenous plants.