Keeping Trout Lake safe
With a name like Trout Lake, it’s no surprise the pristine 14 kilometer lake in eastern Ontario is renowned for its fishing. Be it walleye, bass, northern pike or lake trout, this forested waterbody holds remarkable aquatic discoveries for both anglers and nature lovers alike.
So it’s also no surprise the Fire Chief in nearby North Bay cares about that lake, and the safety of North Bay’s citizens. Like most Ontarians, he wants to ensure all industry operating near waterbodies keep safety front of mind.
“I’d say TransCanada has shown us that they are definitely committed to safety. They’ve gone above and beyond in trying to show us exactly what it is that they want to do and how they would do it, and if we have any questions they’re always open and honest with their answers,” says Grant Love, North Bay Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator.
Practice makes perfect
Love has taken part in some of the 125 emergency exercises TransCanada holds across our pipeline routes each year. And on the Energy East pipeline project, which passes through North Bay, we’ve met with representatives from 166 first responder organizations across the project route to begin developing the emergency response plans for Energy East.
“By the end of 2016, we will have met with first responder organizations – specifically fire departments and emergency management coordinators – from every community along the route,” says John Van Der Put, Vice-President, Stakeholder Safety and Emergency Response, Energy East Pipeline. “As well, we’ve had over 1,500 participants take part in 24 Safety and Emergency Response Information Days we’ve hosted along the project route. We are fully committed to the safety and wellbeing of communities and the environment.”
You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers
And while protecting water bodies and staying in constant contact with first responders is a top priority for TransCanada, so is having that same level of open dialogue with all Energy East stakeholders.
“We want to answer your questions,” says Van Der Put. “Whether it’s in person, through email or using our newly launched Question and Answer portal, we are here to make sure you get answers to the important questions you have about Energy East.”