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Safety and Environmental Monitoring

Pipeline construction worker imageThe best way to ensure safety and protect the environment is to plan ahead for potential emergencies that could happen during construction and operation.

Plans for preparation and response to emergencies will be developed in cooperation with communities that might be affected and the applicable regulatory agencies.

Emergency procedures will be developed with the appropriate authorities and emergency services. These will address potential impacts on services in the communities. The emergency response plan will include ways to:

  • Avoid situations that might threaten the safety of people or property or harm the environment.
  • Reduce harm that might occur in these situations

The primary objective will always be to prevent emegencies from happening through effective training and awareness of proper processes and procedures to follow. In the event of an emergency, Imperial Oil as operator of the proposed Mackenzie Gas Project, will respond effectively.

To accomplish this, Imperial will:

  • Initiate appropriate response measures immediately when then company is associated, or likely to be associated, with an emergency and will take all reasonable measures to protect the public's welfare and the environment
  • Manage risks, inherent in all construction activities and operations, to minize releases,spills and other product-related emergencies
  • Ensure that all employees accept responsibility to take reasonable precautions to prevent spills and product-related emergencies from occuring
  • Continue to work with industry associates and government agencies to develop and maintain emergency response programs and capabilities

During the construction and operations phases of the Mackenzie Gas Project, a number of specific emergency response situations have been identified.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Evacuation of people
  • Injury or Fatality
  • Spills
  • Pipeline Rupture
  • Fire and Explosion
  • Threats (including Intruders, Bomb or Suspicious Substances)
  • Complaints (Odour, Flare, Noise)
  • Natural Gas Liquid Release (NGL)
  • Fire Fighting (Grass, Timber)
  • Transportation of Dangerous goods (TDG)
  • Waste Management
  • Search and Rescue
  • Extended Utility Outage
  • Natural Distaster

Detailed procedures for all of the above emergency types will be available before construction begins.

See also Safety and Environment and Environmental Studies for more information.

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