“We have pipelines and facilities across North America, so it’s important to educate all our stakeholders – no matter what age – to ensure the safety of our communities,” said Michelle Wagner, program manager of public awareness for TransCanada.
Preventing pipeline damage is a shared responsibility between operators and the public. Educating young people about underground utilities, such as pipelines, helps ensure they learn early that unsafe activities could cause harm.
Check out this video of Brianne Bartman, a public awareness coordinator with TransCanada, teaching children at Calgary’s Langevin School about underground utility safety.
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“The lesson is really (about) being able to understand what the markers are there for. And then (the device is) just an interactive tool that makes it better learning for the kids,” said Wagner.
“Anytime kids get to experience something and work through things, it just cements that information back into their minds,” said Carole Ware, a fifth-grade teacher at Langevin School.
“We are hoping that the messages are delivered at home and are delivered throughout the whole community,” said Wagner.
“These are science-minded children, so they are interested in all aspects of the natural world and also of the careers that happen in science,” said Ware.
Learn more about how you can prevent pipeline damage here.
The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate approximately 115,000 kilometres of pipelines in Canada. In 2013, these energy highways moved approximately 1.2 billion barrels of liquid petroleum products and 5.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Our members transport 97 per cent of Canada’s daily natural gas and onshore crude oil from producing regions to markets throughout North America.