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Pipeline Trans-Northern is currently conducting the work of”emergency” on its pipeline of kerosene in the residential sector of Laval.
In addition to emergency interventions in progress on its pipeline that transports jet fuel to the airport of Montreal, the company Trans-Northern requested at least five other permissions work for the government of Quebec in the last few weeks. In all cases, the operations on the pipe must be performed in wetlands or near water courses in the Montreal region.
The information obtained by The Duty with the ministry of the Environment of Quebec indicate that Pipeline Trans-Northern wishes to carry on the work of” inspection “and” maintenance ” at several locations on its network of transportation of petroleum products.
Under quebec law, the firm is obliged to apply for a certificate of authorization to the Quebec government, if it wishes to carry out such work of excavation in wetlands, near running water or directly in water courses. The government of Quebec, therefore, is not systematically required to approve the work undertaken on this pipeline, built in good part in 1952.
Photo: Marie-France Coallier The Duty
Between the 6 June and 19 July, Pipeline Trans-Northern has, however, filed five applications for authorization for the work to come in the coming weeks in the greater Montreal area.
Between the 6 June and 19 July, Pipeline Trans-Northern has, however, filed five applications for authorization for the work to come in the coming weeks in the greater Montreal area. In all cases, the applications are still ” under analysis “, specifies the ministry. This work must be carried out on the territories of Montreal, Laval, Dorval, Senneville and Vaudreuil-Dorion, indicate the data of the ministry of the Environment.
In three cases, the operations of excavation are provided in the “riparian strip” of water courses. Another permission is sought for the inspection of a section of pipeline located ” in floodplains and wetlands “. The last authorization of work “inspection and maintenance” is related to craters in a ” swamp tree “.
In addition, three other applications for work were filed and granted in recent months for repair operations, especially in “flood zones” of the Mille-Iles river, in addition to the green light given on the 6th of August last for the work of” emergency ” in Laval.
Thursday, The Duty has also found that work was in progress at two places in the sector of Fabreville in Laval, along the rue des Charms, close to the boulevard Sainte-Rose. At this location, the pipeline Trans-Northern is located partly in a wooded area, near the river of the Thousand Islands.
The conduct of transportation of jet fuel also passes through directly to the court of the residences. Its presence is indicated by signs: “Attention : pipeline oil “. In one case, the excavation works have also need to eat a part of a residential lot, just beside a swimming pool and swings for children.
Questioned on the work-in-progress and upcoming, Pipeline Trans-Northern states that, ” four excavations of integrity monitoring have been conducted and two more are in progress and should be completed soon. We expect to soon be able to resume the normal activities of the pipeline “.
Photo: Pipelines Trans-Nord
“The monitoring is a regular activity, proactive Pipeline Trans-Northern to ensure the integrity and safety our pipelines,” adds the company, in a written reply.
The national energy Board, the federal agency that regulates pipelines, indicates for its part that it ” continues to closely monitor the activities of the company in order to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to protect people and the environment “. The organization “would not allow the operation of a pipeline unless it is safe,” says his spokesman, Marc Drolet.
The pipeline Trans-Northern is responsible for six of the thirteen reported incidents related to pipelines in Quebec listed by the national energy Board since 2008. Over the next few years, this conduct should be intensively used in the framework of the project of the marine terminal of fuel that needs to be built in Montreal-East.