Preparing and responding to an emergency
Pipelines like Coastal GasLink are the safest method to transport natural gas over considerable distances. While we take every possible safety precaution, we also must be prepared to respond if there’s an incident on our pipeline. With an industry-leading safety record and over 65 years of experience, TransCanada conducts regular emergency drills with local responders to prepare for the unlikely event of an emergency. In 2015, 125 emergency drills were conducted to ensure we always have a coordinated and collaborative response.
The process used at TransCanada for emergency response is the “Incident Command System (ICS)”. This allows for a unified command approach, where TransCanada works with federal, provincial, local and aboriginal authorities to develop common objectives and action plans to address the emergency.
Coastal GasLink has prepared a comprehensive Emergency Response Plan that outlines procedures to protect the public, emergency responders, property and the environment in the unlikely event of an emergency. Detailed analysis of emergency response scenarios also helps us determine where to locate resources so that we can respond as quickly and effectively as possible.
In addition, our prime contractors will be required to submit safety plans that address emergency procedures aligned with our health and safety expectations. And, our prime contractors may undertake their own emergency exercises or simulation during construction.
Pipelines are the safest method to transport natural gas across long distances. Electronic in-line inspection devices, known as “smart PIGs,” are periodically used on sections of the pipeline system to detect potential defects.