Suncor conducted its pipeline right-of-way brushing program in and through the Fort McMurray area earlier this year. Right-of-way brushing is a crucial aspect of pipeline operations and maintenance. By clearing overgrown brush, it increases visibility and access to the pipeline right-of-way and reduces fire hazards. It’s also a regulatory requirement.
During brushing, some walking trails in populated areas were temporarily closed for short durations. We worked with members of the community to ensure they were aware of this activity and how it may impact access to the trail system.
“Special thanks to residents, businesses, the Ptarmigan Nordic Ski Club and the RMWB emergency services and stakeholder relations departments for their patience and assistance with the program,” says Neil Rysavy, surface landman for Suncor’s Pipelines group.
“We also thank TJs Oilfield Service for conducting the work safely and with as little disruption as possible on Suncor’s behalf.” TJs is one of several Indigenous-owned service providers working with Pipelines.
The program is divided into manageable sections with one section of right-of-way brushed every year. When the last section has been brushed, it’s time to go back and start at the beginning again.
Next time you see pipeline right-of-way brushing underway, you’ll know it’s time for the right-of-way’s annual checkup. Watch for social media updates on Facebook and Twitter for pipeline brushing in your area.