Good landowner relations are vital

TransCanada’s Vice-President, Keystone Pipeline Project, Corey Goulet, discusses TransCanada’s efforts to build and maintain good landowner relations, and the company’s efforts to protect the environment while constructing the Gulf Coast Pipeline, a 485-mile (780-kilometre) crude oil pipeline that runs from Cushing, Okla., to Nederland, Texas.

“Our landowner relations are absolutely vital for this project, just as they’re vital for every project that we work on,” explains Corey. “We can’t build pipelines without landowners . . . we have 60,000 landowners across North America.”

“For the most part, pipelines are very innocuous. A landowner can continue to use their land similar to what they used in the past. Ninety-eight per cent of our landowners signed up freely to our easements and worked with us and had a very good relationship with us through the construction period. We take pride in our landowner relationships and we maintain that relationship throughout.”