May 21, 2020
Environmental protection in action: protecting snakes
They may not be cuddly or “aww”-inspiring to many people, but snakes play an important role in the ecosystem, and TC Energy went to great lengths to ensure that no harm was done to the hundreds of snakes found during a recent pipeline maintenance project on the prairies of southeastern Alberta.
“Once we confirmed there were hibernacula (hibernation dens) in the area where we needed to fix the pipeline as part of routine maintenance, we came up with mitigation measures and plans to protect the snakes, which were then approved by Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP),” says Daniel Chen, an environmental advisor at TC Energy.
Actions taken to protect the snakes included:
- Doing the bulk of the work during the summer and early fall months prior to hibernation
- Hiring a professional snake wrangler to monitor the site every day as work progressed
- Creating a blueprint of how to build a new hibernaculum to install once work had finished
Protecting a wonder of West Virginia
The Monongahela National Forest (MNF) in West Virginia – one of the most biologically diverse national forests in the U.S. – happens to be along the pathway of the WB Xpress (WBX) natural gas pipeline, which was recently placed into service.
For nearly four years, TC Energy worked closely with various MNF resource specialists, including soil scientists, wildlife biologist, hydrologists, aquatic biologists and botanists during the planning, permitting and construction phases of the project.
“The TransCanada team really made an effort to work with us on the WB XPress project. They set a high standard, and went out of their way to ensure that all forest resources were protected. The team stayed true to their word, followed up on their commitments, and could be relied on to do what they said they were going to do. They also talked with us throughout the project and were very transparent about their actions. The company should be proud of the quality of work performed by this team.”
- Clyde Thompson, Monongahela National Forest Supervisor