Pipeline companies are committed to being good neighbours to the communities they operate both in and around.
With more than 118,000 kilometres of underground transmission pipelines in Canada, they often pass through or near cities towns, Indigenous communities, farms and ranches. Regardless of where a pipeline is built, operators take every precaution to ensure the safety of Canadians and the surrounding environment.
Pipeline companies inject billions of dollars into Canadian communities in a variety of ways, including:
– Creating and supporting community initiatives across Canada, such as safety, environment and educational programs
– Purchasing local services, supplies and equipment
– Hiring thousands of people for high-paying jobs
– Creating and donating to charities and vital community programs
Everyone who lives, works and plays near a pipeline right-of-way is an important stakeholder for pipeline operators. Companies have robust stakeholder engagement teams that are dedicated to building long-lasting relationships with key partners, including governments, communities, landowners, Indigenous groups and the public.
Sometimes transmission pipelines run near or through urban areas to deliver energy to storage facilities, energy distributors or electricity generation stations. In these areas, companies try to route the pipeline along existing roads or other utility rights-of-way. These corridors have some key advantages – they offer easy access for inspection and maintenance, and the public is already aware that infrastructure is there.
Pipelines sometimes cross private land to deliver oil and gas to Canadians. Pipeline companies have formed relationships with many landowners over the years, and always engage in respectful conversations with them. Putting a pipeline through private property means operators are going to be working together with the landowner for some time, so these landowners are trusted neighbours and business partners.
With over 160 million acres of farmland in Canada, pipelines sometimes run through farms and ranches. Farmers and ranchers also fall into the “landowner” category, and pipeline companies work closely with them to minimize impacts to their land, crops and livestock. Special considerations are made during construction activities to allow for equipment crossings and to protect the integrity of the soils. Maintenance and inspections are scheduled around the growing season to minimize the impact to operations.