environmental protection Tag

September 28, 2016

How pipeline companies protect species at risk

Canada is home to 521 animal and plant species listed under the Species at Risk Act (SARA), meaning they are federally classified as being extirpated, endangered, threatened or a special concern. Once listed, the measures to protect and recover a listed wildlife species are implemented. That number, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada, is…
September 14, 2016

Bridging the gap – finding common ground on pipelines

“People are concerned about spills and the environment, and particularly in our region – water resources. They don’t know who is responsible and who will pay when things go wrong.” Those are the words of Valerie Roy, CEO of the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce, and a member of CEPA’s External Advisory Panel (EAP). As a…
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…