Throughout Wednesday and Thursday, residents in some of Regina’s western neighbourhoods can expect the areas to be busier than normal.
TransCanada will be conducting an emergency response training exercise, with over 80 incident command personnel in the company’s liquids and gas pipeline operations and more expected to participate.
“The city of Regina, the local fire department, the National Energy Board, Saskatchewan Environment and all the other regulatory agencies that would be involved in the event of an actual incident,” said spokesman Grady Semmens, who spoke to the importance of testing their collaboration abilities with the other participating agencies.
The exercise will simulate what Semmens calls a “third party strike.”
“Something like an excavator mistakenly hitting and damaging the pipeline and causing a release of oil on the ground.”
Some of the impacted areas include the neighbourhoods of Rosemont-Mount Royal, River Heights and Harbour Landing.