Enbridge to Conduct Emergency Exercise on the Grand River 

For Immediate Release
9/18/2013 
Contact: Trudy Belanco 
Phone: 519-759-4150 

Enbridge Pipelines will be conducting a training exercise on September 25 and 26, 2013 as part the emergency response preparedness requirements of the National Energy Board. Enbridge has been very open about the exercise and has engaged City of Brantford and the County of Brant staff in pre-planning exercises to ensure that the exercise will not have an impact on the population, eco-system or the Grand River.

It is important for the community to be aware that this is an exercise only and is not to be confused with a real event. The exercise will be conducted over two days, September 25 and 26, 2013.

Day One will be an onsite simulation on the Grand River conducted by Enbridge and will include the deployment of equipment, contractors and staff in order to provide the best learning environment possible. The exercise will provide the opportunity to test and assess response procedures as well as equipment and facilities. All exercises will be conducted in the safest manner possible. The City of Brantford and the County of Brant will be observing as key stakeholders to ensure their respective communities are adequately prepared for emergency response measures. The City of Brantford will observe the exercise within the City limits and the County of Brant will observe the exercise within the County limits. Both Municipalities will have Emergency personnel onsite to ensure the safety of participants during the on-water exercise.

On Day Two, the City of Brantford and the County of Brant will utilize the Enbridge exercise to simulate responses as part of annual emergency response exercises required by Emergency Management Ontario Legislation. A full-scale exercise such as this provides a great training opportunity to test responses in an emergency situation. Lessons learned will be shared between the City of Brantford, the County of Brant, Six Nations as well as Enbridge, to ensure a maximum learning opportunity.

Media Contacts

Trudy Belanco, Manager Corporate Policy & Management Practices
City of Brantford
519-759-4150 ext 2340
Email:  tbelanco@brantford.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

What is going on at the Grand River?

Please be assured that the activity taking place on the Grand River is an exercise only.  Enbridge Pipelines is conducting a full-scale exercise to test their ability to respond to an emergency situation.  The simulated exercise will cross multiple municipalities including the City of Brantford and the County of Brant.

Enbridge has been open in providing details about the exercise and has continued to cooperate with the City.

Enbridge has assured the City that the exercise will be conducted in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner.

How is the City involved?

The role of the City of Brantford will be to observe the exercise only.

Why is the City involved?

The City of Brantford has attended pre-exercise planning meetings to ensure that the exercise will not have an impact on the population, eco-system or the Grand River.  The City of Brantford will observe the exercise on the day of the event.

The City of Brantford annually conducts an emergency response exercise as part of the requirements by Emergency Management Ontario Legislation.  This year, the City will use the Enbridge exercise as an opportunity to assess our internal emergency preparedness.

What is the likelihood of an actual emergency involving an oil spill?

It is an extremely low possibility that an oil spill will ever occur, however the City is observing the exercise as it provides an opportunity to ensure that should any emergency ever occur that involves multiple municipalities such as the City of Brantford, the County of Brant, Six Nations and others, that we have established protocols for communication, decision making, deployment of resources, etc.

Where is the exercise taking place?

Enbridge has identified locations along the Grand River that have been strategically selected to provide the maximum learning opportunity for the exercise.

Who is involved in the exercise?

Enbridge will lead the exercise on September 25th and has invited members of Council and personnel from the County of Brant and the City of Brantford, civil response agencies from neighbouring municipalities, as well as Environment Canada, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (OMOE), National Energy Board (NEB) and the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) to observe the exercise.

City of Brantford employees will observe the portion of the exercise within the city limits.  Emergency personnel will be onsite to ensure the safety of participants during the on-water exercise. 

What will happen during the exercise?

City of Brantford employees will observe the portion of the exercise within the city limits.  Emergency personnel will be onsite to ensure the safety of participants during the on-water exercise. 

For further details, please contact:

Ken Hall, Senior Advisor Public Affairs, ENBRIDGE PIPELINES
TEL: 519-339-0325

How long will this exercise take?

The exercise will be conducted over two days, September 25 and 26, 2013.  Day One will be the onsite simulation and Day Two will be the emergency response command centre learning and sharing between Enbridge and the emergency response organizations.

Who is paying for all of this?

The September 25th exercise is being conducted by Enbridge as part of their requirements to meet the National Energy Board standards and as such Enbridge will cover all costs.

What does the City get from this?

The City of Brantford will observe the exercise on September 25th, and will utilize the exercise as a training environment for its annual emergency response preparedness exercise.  A full-scale exercise such as this provides a great opportunity to simulate our response as part of our Emergency Operations Centre in as real a situation as possible.

Will the information gathered be shared?

Enbridge will complete an analysis of their emergency response preparedness and have indicated that they will share the results with the City.  Any recommendations as a result of the exercise will be considered by Enbridge for future implementation.