environmental protection Tag

September 7, 2016

Picture this – how land is reclaimed after a pipeline is built

In our ‘Picture this’ series we’re answering some of your most common questions and busting a few pipeline myths in the process. So far, we’ve answered questions about emergency preparedness, welds and spill cleanup. This week we’re looking at what happens to the land after a pipeline has been installed and construction crews have moved…
August 31, 2016

Would double walled pipelines help prevent spills?

We are often asked why pipeline companies wouldn’t simply use a double-walled system, to prevent pipeline spills. It’s an interesting question, because the technology does exist to build double-walled pipelines, and they are already used in certain circumstances. We asked Dr. Alan Murray (an adjunct professor in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University…
August 24, 2016

What you want to know about pipelines, part 2: trees and right-of-ways

This is part two in our reclamation questions series, in which we’re answering your questions about how land is repaired and reclaimed after pipeline construction. In our first post we discussed First Nations consultation. This week we’re answering a question about trees on pipeline right-of-ways (ROWs). Do you allow trees to grow over the top…
July 20, 2016

Pipeline reclamation in action part 2: restoring the land

This is part two of our ‘pipeline reclamation in action’ series. In part one, we learned about the planning and pre-construction measures taken by Kinder Morgan Canada to facilitate reclamation after the completion of their Trans Mountain Anchor Loop project. We explained that Kinder Morgan received an Alberta Emerald Award for this project and this…
June 22, 2016

Polluter pays: 3 things to know about the Pipeline Safety Act

On Saturday, June 18, the Pipeline Safety Act, or Bill C-46, came into effect. It was a big day for Canadian transmission pipeline companies, because it represents a major step in our bid to build public trust. CEPA supports the Act, and has been collaborating with Natural Resources Canada to help establish in law the ‘polluter pays’ model,…
June 15, 2016
Underground Pipeline identification

Pipeline safety – can you spot the right of way?

In the last two weeks on this blog, we learned that, after an underground pipeline is constructed, the land is returned to a condition as close to pre-construction as possible. ‘Close to’, but not exactly the same – that’s because some activities, such as construction and farming, or vegetation, such as trees, could damage the pipeline. So, even though…
May 25, 2016

Picture this – pipeline weld technology

This is the second post in our ‘Picture this’ series, where we provide photographic answers to some of your pipeline questions. In the first post, we explained how pipeline companies prepare for emergencies, and this week we’re taking a look at pipeline welds. Are pipelines prone to weak spots where there are welds and joints?…
May 11, 2016

5 facts about pipelines and natural disasters

As forest fires rage in northern Alberta and B.C., many people are wondering how much of a danger is posed by oil and gas operations, including pipelines, in the midst of such natural disasters. To find out, we spoke with Jamie Kereliuk, director of emergency management at Kinder Morgan Canada. According to Jamie, preparation for…