Five years ago, when Greg Toth was working on a Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project along the Alberta-B.C. border, the terms public engagement and consultation meant talking to a handful of landowners, holding open houses in pipeline-friendly communities and meeting with people who were mostly pleased over the employment that came along with the project.
It was a relatively small project to twin the pipeline between Hinton, AB., through Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park to Valemount, just inside the B.C. border. A precursor to the company’s ambitious plan to twin the entire length of the Edmonton-to-Burnaby line, it created a loop that would increase overall pipeline capacity.
Pipelines, Toth said, had always been “out of sight, out of mind.”
“It’s the safest method of transporting large volumes of energy across the continent.”
The company even won an environmental award for the loop project.