|Saskatoon Pipeline Project Project Overview Pipeline Project Safety Project Reviewers Environmental Considerations Frequently Asked Questions||
Minimizing environmental impact is one of the key considerations of TransGas when pipeline routes are selected and facilities constructed. Where practical, pipeline routing and site selection are chosen to avoid impacting sensitive areas and incompatible land uses. An engagement process is in place to provide stakeholder input into our project during the planning and execution phase. Where applicable, First Nations and Metis groups are also engaged to gain knowledge of traditional land use and culturally sensitive areas within proximity of the proposed project and surrounding lands.
Some of the factors taken into consideration during planning included: stakeholder knowledge of the area; minimizing public concern; river/wetland crossing feasibility; geotechnical considerations; avoiding environmentally and heritage sensitive areas where possible; and ensuring technical feasibility. Environmental surveys that were conducted over two years included an assessment of soils, wildlife, topography, wetlands, water courses, ground water, vegetation, and land uses. This study included a review of protected and sensitive species along the route, as well as habitat suitability.
Re-routes were considered in order to avoid heritage resources and significant environmental sensitivities, as well as to address stakeholder concerns. Where a re-route was not practical mitigation measures were designed, and will be applied during construction of the pipeline to reduce any adverse impacts. For example, to mitigate impacts to bird species during the breeding, nesting and rearing periods, construction through potentially important habitat was scheduled for the fall to early winter months to avoid sensitive life-cycle periods for these species.
Minimal disturbance construction practices will be incorporated into this project wherever feasible to reduce environmental impacts; such as directionally drilling beneath watercourses, rather than through, to avoid affecting the waterbody/watercourse and any aquatic habitat.