The Eastern Mainline Project recognizes the value of wildlife and wildlife habitat. In order to understand all of the potential interactions between wildlife and the construction and operation of the project, the Eastern Mainline Project will review and interpret information gathered during environmental studies, as well as through consultation with regulatory agencies, Aboriginal communities, and other stakeholders. This information will be used to thoroughly evaluate potential effects and develop appropriate mitigation strategies to avoid or minimize impact on wildlife and its habitats.
Committed to Protecting Wildlife
The Eastern Mainline Project is committed to the protection of wildlife species and habitats during the construction of the project.
Project planning will include environmental desktop and field studies, as well as engagement activities, to gather site specific and regional data that will be incorporated into the Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment (ESA).
This information will also be considered during route selection and design of the pipeline, and will inform the development of mitigation strategies to be used during construction. Mitigation may include measures such as avoidance of sensitive areas and life-cycle stages, conducting pre-construction surveys, having wildlife monitors on site during construction, and employing short-term and long-term reclamation strategies.
The Eastern Mainline Project is committed to developing effective mitigation strategies and other protective measures that comply with federally and provincially published recovery strategies (i.e. Species at Risk Act (SARA) listed and provincially listed species).
Mitigation strategies that will be implemented during construction will be included within the Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment (ESA) and Environmental Protection Plan (EPP). These plans will contain monitoring, mitigation and response plans. Post-construction monitoring will be conducted to confirm the effectiveness of mitigation strategies, reclamation and habitat restoration activities.
Wildlife Species Will Be Protected During Operation of the Project
Due to the low-impact nature of most operation and maintenance activities, the risk of impacts to wildlife species during operation of the project is extremely low and in most cases non-existent. Prior to operations work that requires any ground disturbance along the route, review of project data, and employing TransCanada’s technical Operations Procedures (TOP’s) will ensure that effects to wildlife and habitat are avoided.
Vegetation Management and Protection of Wildlife Species
To manage vegetation growth while at the same time ensuring the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat during operations, chemical and mechanical control measures may be used within certain areas such as provincial or federal crown lands. Vegetation control occurs on the right-of way in these areas to ensure the pipeline is easily visible to prevent accidental third-party damage, while at the same time allowing regrowth of vegetation on right-of-way edges, conducive to providing wildlife habitat.