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Our Commitment to the Environment

Protection of the environment is fundamental to long-term success.

  • We will ensure environmental protection through continued, careful planning, strict construction standards and ongoing careful monitoring of company activities.
  • Rules and procedures for environmental protection will meet or exceed government regulations and standards.
  • Enbridge will provide training to ensure employees understand their responsibility to protect the environment.
  • Employees and contractors must follow environmental rules and procedures, and must carry out work in an environmentally responsible manner at all times.
  • Enbridge will provide the public and government with relevant information regarding planned activities and will actively respond to their concerns.
  • Environmental damage resulting from our actions or actions of our contractors will be remediated as quickly as possible.
  • Environmental research will be encouraged, supported and undertaken to continually improve our company environmental protection and restoration procedures.

Our Commitment to Health and Safety

Enbridge is committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees and the general public.

We believe that prevention of accidents and injuries is everyone’s responsibility. Our goal is to be accident free and have all employees return home safely each day.

To achieve this we will:

  • Work with regulators, industry peers and other partners to establish best practices and promote continuous improvements in our health and safety performance
  • Establish and report on our health and safety record to be accountable to employees, regulators and customers
  • This commitment is a shared responsibility involving Enbridge, our subsidiaries, employees and contractors
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  • Northern Gateway, Jan 04th, 2013 (2 years ago)

    Hi Matthew, thanks for joining the conversation.

    Pipelines in Canada are regulated by the National Energy Board and within BC by the BC Oil and Gas Commission. The regulations in place are significant and comprehensive. Here are links to their websites for you to learn more:

    http://www.neb-one.gc.ca/clf-nsi/index.html & http://www.bcogc.ca/

  • Matthew, Jan 03rd, 2013 (2 years ago)

    what is the british columbian safety regulations for the pipeline? Would you have a website that has all the safety expectations posted?

  • Cheryl Baker, Nov 25th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    I do not want your pipeline in our Province of British Columbia. Do you post our comments or only those that support you?

  • Northern Gateway, Nov 01st, 2012 (2 years ago)

    Hi Haley, thanks for your comment and questions.

    As part of our detailed application to the National Energy Board, and included in the environmental assessment of the project, we've conducted many detailed environmental studies examining the issues you're raising here.

    It's important to understand that Northern Gateway would not be introducing industrial marine traffic to the area for the first time. The Douglas Channel and the port at Kitimat have a long and safe history with marine vessels, including tankers carrying petrochemicals like condensate and methanol. Should Northern Gateway win approval and go into operation, marine traffic associated with the project would represent an approximately 2%-3% increase to the total traffic traveling BC's coastal waters.

    Recognizing our responsibility to protect the environment, we've introduced additional safety measures to ensure the coast is protected. These include a dedicated whale monitoring vessel to look for whales and report sightings to all vessels, not just tankers calling at the Northern Gateway terminal.

    Tankers would also be restricted to "lanes" and would travel at reduced speeds so that impacts from underwater noise can be minimzed. In addition, ongoing environmental research would be conducted to monitor any future developments and influence ongoing project operations to further minimize impacts.

    To protect salmon bearing streams, Northern Gateway has committed to using enhanced pipewall thicknesses, dual, remote operated isolation valves and deep horizontal drilling measures at watercrossings. These will ensure that waterways are not adversely affected during construction and that they are protected in the unlikely incident of a spill. You should also note that the pipeline route does not enter the Great Bear Rainforest.

    Right now, all of our design committments are being cross examined at the Joint Review Panel. We've put forth the most comprehensive pipeline plan in Canadian history; a plan that is designed with environmental protection at its core: http://www.northerngateway.ca/news-and-media/northern-gateway-blogs/pipeline-safety/the-most-comprehensively-scrutinized-pipeline-ever/

    You can read more about our marine protection plan here: http://www.northerngateway.ca/environmental-responsibility/marine-assessment-and-our-first-response-plan/

  • Haley, Nov 01st, 2012 (2 years ago)

    How will you protect salmon? Salmon is very vital to the Great Bear Rainforest, and other ecosystems in British Columbia. If there are tankers in the water, this will surely upset the salmon and may prevent them from going upstream to spawn. Also, what about the whales in the Douglas Channel? Don't they need to be protected from these tankers? You say you have a commitment to the environment, but I don't understand how that is possible.

  • Pamela, Oct 09th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    hopefully it will be built :)

  • Northern Gateway, Oct 04th, 2012 (2 years ago)

    Hi Anne, thanks for your comment.

    We've conducted a very detailed environmental assessment and designed plans to protect the people, land, water and animals along the route. Did you know, that rather than cross sensitive waterways through the water, that to best protect the species and waters, we've planned to tunnel under them so as minimize the risk of disturbing them?

  • Anne, Oct 02nd, 2012 (2 years ago)

    The Nechako white sturgeon is listed as an endangered species under the federal Species At Risk Act, a designation which is supposed to legally protect the sturgeon’s habitat so the species can recover.The pipeline is planned to cross the Stewart and Endako rivers, where the highly imperilled species — there are estimated to be only 335 left — live. This is a major environmental consideration. How will this pipeline effect our beautiful province and our amazing wildlife?

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