Pipelines are the safest and most efficient way to transport natural gas and TransCanada has one of the best safety records in the industry.
Prior to construction, we do extensive field studies to analyze potential impacts on water, land, air, wildlife, vegetation and fish habitat. We also work with Aboriginal communities and stakeholders to understand traditional use and cultural significance of the land. Our goal is to gather as much knowledge as we can about the local area so we can identify and mitigate issues before they arise. We use this information to create detailed environmental plans.
During construction, a path is cleared for the pipe and the equipment needed to transport and lay it. In all cases, great care is taken to minimize our impact on the environment and the people who live in the area.
After the pipe is in the ground, reclamation efforts begin. With more than 60 years of experience, we have successfully reclaimed thousands of acres of land throughout North America. We take special measures to prevent erosion and maintain ground cover that is compatible with the surrounding land.
Once construction is over and the facilities have been constructed, there is minimal impact to the environment and people.
Land reclamation: These photos from Keystone Pipeline construction show TransCanada’s efforts to ensure land is successfully reclaimed. The image on the left shows pipeline construction and the image on the right shows the same area following reclamation.