Emergency preparedness and response

Since 2018, Enbridge has been establishing Release Notification Protocols to ensure Indigenous groups are aware and engaged in the event of any releases on our pipeline systems.

These protocols are in direct response to feedback from Indigenous groups, who have requested information and engagement on our emergency response activities within their traditional territories. These protocols are being developed and implemented in all of our Liquids Pipelines regions.

Enbridge is also committed to sharing emergency management materials and encouraging participation of Indigenous observers in emergency response exercises, as demonstrated by the 2021 exercise in Wawanesa, Manitoba.

Spotlight: Emergency response exercise in Manitoba

As one component of providing information and education on our operations, in 2021, for the first time, we held a full-scale emergency response exercise with the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives in the planning, and participation as virtual observers (COVID-19 restrictions prevented in-person attendance). A total of 121 individuals representing 56 Indigenous groups throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba were invited to participate in the exercise, which took place along a bend of the Souris River in Wawanesa, Manitoba. Sixty invitees tuned in to their computer screens to observe the exercise. The training commenced with an Indigenous cultural assessment and blessing at the site the day before the exercise.

People in masks standing in front of an equipment trailer
Indigenous representative on the ground during our full-scale emergency response exercise in Manitoba.