Our goal is for our pipeline and energy facilities to operate safely every day so that the public, our workforce and the environment aren’t affected by an incident involving our assets. We believe that zero incidents is an achievable goal. Every day, our teams across North America work tirelessly to proactively maintain our pipelines, adopting innovative solutions in energy transportation and incorporating past learnings to push us closer to our ‘zero is real’ goal.
Safety is, and always will be, our number one value. Safety is part of our culture and we are proud of our industry-leading safety record.
Learn more about our investments in pipeline safety, such as our Pipeline Integrity Program, as well as the many measures and steps we take to ensure our pipelines are built and operated safely with round-the-clock monitoring and proactive pipeline inspections, ensuring our pipes remain safe.
We have implemented a Pipe Integrity Enhancement Program to ensure the safety and reliability of the Keystone Pipeline System. This program includes a review of the full integrity program by a panel of independent industry experts. As learnings and recommendations are being captured from the program review, these are being actively implemented into the Pipe Integrity Enhancement Program activities for both Keystone and Keystone XL The program plans have been shared with both PHMSA and the CER.
Safety is TC Energy’s highest priority; constructing and operating safely is job number one. Like all our operations, Keystone XL will have comprehensive Emergency Response Plans in place that outline the steps we’ll take to respond in the unlikely event of an incident. We develop these plans throughout the project, and don’t launch operations until they’re finalized.
We work closely with emergency responders (police, fire and EMS) across our pipeline route so that everyone will be prepared in case of an incident. Every year, we host more than 100 safety exercises to ensure that we, and our first-response partners, are ready in the rare case of an incident.
In an emergency situation, our goal is to ensure an effective, coordinated response to contain and control any incident, so we protect the community, employees, the environment and surrounding infrastructure.
Our local field staff handles direct response activities, such as isolation of the emergency, containment and control, coordination of response activities and restoration of service. We also work with local communities through regular emergency drills and exercises, which allows us to build relationships with local first responders and community officials, informing each other of emergency response strategies and gaining an understanding of each other’s roles and responsibilities.
Certified third-party inspectors oversaw an extensive multi-step review and inspection program of every single piece of pipe purchased and stored since 2011 and 2012 and that will be used during pipeline construction in 2021. Pipe that did not meet the criteria was either rejected or remediated.
This program was reviewed by the Pipeline Hazardous and Materials Safety Administration and was subject to periodic review.
We covered pipe in a whitewash to protect the coating from sunlight during storage. Every single piece of pipe that was stored underwent a multiple-point inspection process, including testing of the coating to make sure it was acceptable. Pipe or coating that did not meet the criteria was rejected or remediated.
Each pipe is coated with a corrosion-resistant epoxy (FBE). The testing that was done on the coating included tests on its thickness, flexibility and adhesion testing. In addition, as part of this inspection, we used a devise known as a “holiday detector” to search for any pin holes in the coating. Any issues that were detected were repaired and the area was re-inspected. If we found any cause for concern, the pipe was either rejected, repaired or stripped and recoated. Finally, we will rerun the tests in the field, during construction, to ensure that the pipe that we put into the ground meets the highest safety standards.