As part of our ongoing commitment to safety and emergency preparedness, Trans Mountain will be conducting an emergency response exercise on May 26 and 27 on the North Thompson River in Blackpool, BC. The purpose of the exercise is to test new response equipment, practice our Emergency Response Plan, confirm viable spill control points and refresh personnel on the water-based spill response tactics.
The exercise will include both land and water based training, including training on the proper use of the response equipment on the North Thompson River. Equipment will include oil spill response trailers, response boats, containment boom and associated spill response equipment. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only a small contingent of Trans Mountain employees and instructors will participate in the exercise.
During this timeframe, the public may notice increased activity and the presence of equipment at Boat Launch Park at Ferry Road in Blackpool, BC. The public may experience a short delay in gaining access to the boat launch, while participants are launching or retrieving boats. All activities will be conducted during regular business hours. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all participants will be required to follow detailed COVID-19 safety protocols. No oil or simulated product will be released during the exercise.
We are required by our regulators to have an Emergency Management Program (EMP) that anticipates, prevents, manages and mitigates conditions during the unlikely event of an emergency. Regular training and exercises are integral to our EMP to ensure a quick and efficient response.
About Trans Mountain
Trans Mountain Corporation operates Canada’s only pipeline system transporting oil products to the West Coast. We deliver nearly 300,000 barrels of petroleum products each day through 1,150 kilometres of pipeline in Alberta and British Columbia, and 111 kilometres of pipeline in Washington state.
The Trans Mountain Expansion Project will provide increased capacity to support Canadian crude oil production growth and ensure access to global energy markets. The largest project in the pipeline’s history, it involves installing approximately 980 kilometres of new pipeline, new and modified facilities including pump stations and terminals, and a new dock complex at the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, British Columbia.
As a federal Crown corporation, the newly formed Trans Mountain Corporation will continue to build upon Trans Mountain’s over 65 years of experience delivering operational and safety excellence through our crude oil pipeline system.