TransCanada, in partnership with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), the University of Calgary and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), has developed a mobile system that will allow for cleanup of soils contaminated with Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
TransCanada provided $500,000 and technical knowledge in this project.
For some pipeliners, pipeline construction is a family affair.
At 72, environmentalist and Hawaii resident Adele Davenport never imagined her life on the Pacific Ocean would mix with the energy industry.
But at age 69, when the former fashion model and hairdresser was suddenly let go from her job as a successful health store manager and salesperson . . . and a shady investment scheme wiped out her life savings . . . she feared for her future.
She lost her apartment, but didn’t lose her will to start over and immediately called her son, Chuck Garvin, an environmental foreman, and told him she needed a job. This prompted her to immediately take her Commercial Driver’s Licence training.
She is now a teamster, operating a number of light and heavy duty vehicles on various pipeline projects, including the Houston Lateral Project in Texas, an integrated component of the Keystone Pipeline System, which began construction in November 2013.
"I like seeing what we are doing to protect the environment. And we are protecting the environment or than any other profession that I can think of," says Davenport of TransCanada's work environment protection efforts.
Sometimes small steps can springboard into leaps. Removing an old, forgotten and collapsed bridge in a small foothills stream and restoring habitat features could be just the little nudge needed to encourage the recovery of the threatened Westslope cutthroat trout population in Allison Creek in the Crowsnest Pass area of southern Alberta.