Prior to any project construction, Plains Midstream Canada (PMC) undertakes a preliminary environmental assessment to predict the potential environmental effects of the proposed project; to avoid environmentally sensitive areas; and to minimize impacts on soil, vegetation, wetlands, water quality, air quality, fish, wildlife, their habitat, heritage resources, and traditional land and resource use. Consultation with landowners, Aboriginal communities and other potentially affected stakeholders also help identify local environmental issues and thereby assists PMC in designing appropriate protection measures.
During construction, environmental impacts are minimized and carefully monitored. Water quality is monitored at water crossings, special construction techniques are used to minimize erosion, and during pipeline construction in areas of native prairie grasses, special wooden access mats are used to protect the ground cover.
After construction, PMC conducts post-construction assessments to ensure the right-of-way has been restored and vegetation is reestablished. We also continue to monitor operations and any possible effects on the environment. Storage facilities, tanks and other components are regularly inspected for corrosion and structural integrity, while air emissions, waste and wastewater are carefully monitored.