Once the project has been constructed, TransCanada will work to reclaim the land to ensure equivalent land capability is achieved and biological diversity is maintained. TransCanada will maintain a right-of-way easement for the lifespan of the pipeline, and will work with landowners to address any issues that might arise due to its activities.
Planning for reclamation of the pipeline right-of-way takes into consideration the results of soils, vegetation, wildlife and fisheries surveys, as well as information on current land use.
Vegetation inventories provide information on the vegetation communities crossed by the pipeline and provide the basis for reclamation seed mixes.
Current land use (native range, improved pasture, hay land, cultivation, and others) information is gathered to aid in determining construction and reclamation procedures to be implemented on a particular parcel of land.
Soil survey information is used to determine appropriate soil handling techniques to conserve topsoil and prevent soil horizon mixing.
Wildlife and fisheries surveys are used to identify areas where specific reclamation measures, such as specialized stream bank restoration measures are required to re-establish fish and wildlife habitat.