Rainbow Pipeline Incident: Photo / Media Updates

Videos of the Site

Plains continues to oversee all reclamation activities on the site and provide aerial and on-the-ground monitoring of the release footprint. Click to view videos from the site taken on October 15, 2012.

Photos and Media

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May 27, 2013

Good growth along the reclaimed cut line and access route into the release location.

Good growth along the reclaimed cut line and access route into the release location.

Reclamation efforts are progressing with ground cover re-establishing on approach to the former command area.

Reclamation efforts are progressing with ground cover re-establishing on approach to the former command area.

View down the right of way within the release footprint.

View down the right of way within the release footprint.

Good vegetation regrowth in and around former Pond A.

Good vegetation regrowth in and around former Pond A.

Vegetation is re-establishing around the ponds.

Vegetation is re-establishing around the ponds.

View across the former Ponds B and C.

View across the former Ponds B and C.

 

February 14, 2013

Aerial photo looking northward of the remediated footprint.

Aerial overview of the pond area.

Aerial overview of the pond area.

 

January 31, 2013

Aerial photo looking northward of the remediated footprint.

Aerial overview of the remediated pond area.

Aerial overview of the remediated pond area.

 

December 31, 2012

Northward aerial overview of the remediated footprint and right of way.

Northward aerial overview of the remediated footprint and right of way.

Aerial overview of the pond area.

Aerial overview of the pond area.

 

November 27, 2012

Aerial overview of the remediated footprint looking northward.

Aerial overview of the remediated footprint looking northward.

Aerial overview of the pond area.

Aerial overview of the pond area.

 

October 15, 2012: First year of reclamation

View of where the former Command Site was set up for response activities. At the height of clean-up activities, over 5000 wooden and composite rig mats covered the ground of the Command Site (a former well site) and were used to build access roads.

View of where the former Command Site was set up for response activities. At the height of clean-up activities, over 5000 wooden and composite rig mats covered the ground of the Command Site (a former well site) and were used to build access roads.

View of the reclaimed South access road formerly required for clean-up operations. Environmental staff continue to inspect and monitor the reclamation progress at the site.

View of the reclaimed South access road formerly required for clean-up operations. Environmental staff continue to inspect and monitor the reclamation progress at the site.

Regrowth continues at the ponds throughout the remediated release footprint.

Regrowth continues at the ponds throughout the remediated release footprint.

View of the remediated pipeline right of way (ROW). A 'reclaimation work in progress' sign reminds ROW users that foot traffic is recommended, to foster conditions necessary for successful restoration.

View of the remediated pipeline right of way (ROW). A "reclamation work in progress" sign reminds ROW users that foot traffic is recommended, to foster conditions necessary for successful restoration.

View of the pond remediation on the east side of the right of way.

View of the pond remediation on the east side of the right of way.

View of the pond before and after remediation.

View of the pond before and after remediation.

View of the reclaimed North access road formerly required for clean-up operations. The former cut loen was also covered in rig mats – some piled four deep in places – to provide an additional access point for clean-up equipment.

View of the reclaimed North access road formerly required for clean-up operations. The former cut line was also covered in rig mats – some piled four deep in places – to provide an additional access point for clean-up equipment.

Native species re-vegetate, white spruce seedling takes hold.

Native species re-vegetate, white spruce seedling takes hold.

 

September 24, 2012: Aerial overviews

Aerial view of ponds and right of way on the remediated footprint.

Aerial view of ponds and right of way on the remediated footprint.

Aerial view of the ponds area near the right of way on the remediated footprint.

Aerial view of the ponds area near the right of way on the remediated footprint.

 

August 31, 2012: Wildlife presence and vegetation

Northward view of the remediated site from the east pond area

Northward view of the remediated site from the east pond area.

Northward view of the pond located west of the pipeline right of way.

Northward view of the pond located west of the pipeline right of way.

Wildlife presence onsite within the remediated ponds.

Wildlife presence onsite within the remediated ponds.

View from the entrance of the former command post showing vegetation re-growth.

View from the entrance of the former command post showing vegetation re-growth.

 

July 20, 2012: Clean water

Northward view of the South pond near the right of way.

Northward view of the South pond near the right of way.

Pond area showing clear water and signs of vegetation regrowth.

Pond area showing clear water and signs of vegetation regrowth.

An on-the-ground westward view of the pond located to the west of the right of way. In the pond areas, clean, reclaimed wood has been placed on the perimeter of the ponds to provide habitat. The site has started to re-vegetate to native species of grasses, forbs, shrubs, and trees.

An on-the-ground westward view of the pond located to the west of the right of way. In the pond areas, clean, reclaimed wood has been placed on the perimeter of the ponds to provide habitat. The site has started to re-vegetate to native species of grasses, forbs, shrubs, and trees.

 

An eastward view of the pond located to the west of the ROW. The water appears darker due to the water’s natural chemistry, the natural clay base and the depth of the pond.

An eastward view of the pond located to the west of the ROW. The water appears darker due to the water’s natural chemistry, the natural clay base and the depth of the pond.

The site was re-contoured to match the surrounding landscape and clean woody debris has been spread around the ponds to encourage re-growth of native species of vegetation.

The site was re-contoured to match the surrounding landscape and clean woody debris has been spread around the ponds to encourage re-growth of native species of vegetation.

To create conditions to allow regrowth for site reclamation, Plains placed reclaimed wood along the pond shorelines and throughout the remediated footprint. There is no evidence of oil sheen on the pond water and the water is clear through to the bottom.

To create conditions to allow regrowth for site reclamation, Plains placed reclaimed wood along the pond shorelines and throughout the remediated footprint. There is no evidence of oil sheen on the pond water and the water is clear through to the bottom.

Another view of westernmost pond area, looking north west.

Another view of westernmost pond area, looking north west.

View of westernmost pond area, looking north west.

View of westernmost pond area, looking north west.

 

June 13, 2012: Wildlife back onsite within the remediated release footprint

June 13, 2012: Wildlife presence within the ponds of the remediated release footprint.

June 13, 2012: Wildlife presence within the ponds of the remediated release footprint.

June 13, 2012: Wildlife presence within the ponds of the remediated release footprint.

June 13, 2012: Wildlife presence within the ponds of the remediated release footprint.

June 13, 2012: Amphibian presence within the pond areas. 

June 13, 2012: Example of wildlife back onsite within the remediated release footprint. 

June 13, 2012: Wildlife nesting on the ponds within the remediated release footprint. 

June 13, 2012: Diversity of wildlife activity and tracks by the ponds within the release footprint.

June 13, 2012: Amphibian presence within the pond areas.

June 13, 2012: Wildlife present on site

June 13, 2012: Pond condition post clean-up.

June 13, 2012: Early signs of regrowth within the pond area. 

June 13, 2012: Vegetation reestablishing within the release footprint.

June 13, 2012:  Remediated pond area.

June 13, 2012: Grasses re-emerging within areas disturbed during clean-up activities

 

 

May 19, 2012: Final reclamation stages

 

Aerial view of remediated footprint,
looking northward. Early vegetation regrowth is visible in the pond areas.


Aerial view of remediated footprint, looking southward.

 

March 27, 2012: Remediated clean-up footprint

 

Aerial view of remediated footprint,
looking North.


Aerial view of remediated footprint, looking northeast.


Aerial view of remediated footprint and pipeline right of way.


Aerial view of southwest pond area, looking east.

 

January 31, 2012: Remediated clean-up footprint


Aerial view of remediated footprint, looking North.

 

Aerial view of the remediated footprint looking East.

 

December 12, 2011: Remediated clean-up footprint

 

Aerial view of remediated footprint, looking West.

 

Aerial of the pond areas.

 

November 23, 2011: Clean-up site demobilization for winter

 

Aerial view of remediated footprint, looking West.

 

Rig mats are stacked for removal from site.

 

Final loads of soil being removed from site.

 

Access roads no longer required for clean-up operations are being disassembled to allow for the soil to be reclaimed.

 

October 21, 2011: Remediation nears completion


Aerial view of pipeline right of way, looking North.

 

100% remediated ponds and reclaimed ponds, where small shrubs have begun to regrow.


Tarps are used to cover soil stockpiles at the site to keep the soil dry.

 

100% reclaimed former perimeter rig mat access road.

 

August 31, 2011: Soil remediation underway

 

Preparing soil to be transported from the MP188 site.


Drivers undergo a safety review checklist with an on-site representative.

 

All loads are lined with an appropriate poly liner, covered with a tarp and have an odour suppressant applied.


Industry-standard and licensed Thermal Desorption Unit used to treat soil on-site.

 

July 28,2011: Mile Post 188 site remediation progress

Impacted soil has been removed from the central pond area.

The easternmost pond was dewatered and small backhoes were used to remove residual oil from the pond shorelines and islands.

Heavy machinery readies soil stockpiles for transport to an approved waste facility.

Wildlife deterrents remain in place throughout the remediated pond areas.

Soil clean up adjacent to the right-of-way nears completion, and the soil hauling road is maintained to allow soil transport and all-weather access.

Aerial view looking from the northeast, showing the remediation work on the ponds, and the right of way.

 

July 7 and 8, 2011: Clean-up and remediation progress

Work continues on the easternmost pond to remove oil-stained vegetation and remaining pockets of oil contamination.

Access road installed using rubber rig mats to improve traction and access in inclement weather conditions.

Release site air monitoring continues, with air monitoring units stationed downwind of clean-up operations. All levels remain well within acceptable industry standards.

Crews continue flushing and cleaning the beaver dam and beaver runs in the central pond area. Processed peat moss, which acts as an oil absorbent, is being applied to the banks of the beaver runs to help remove residual oil.

Surveyors work on site.

Soil stockpiles along the rubber rig mat access road.

 

June 22, 2011: Progress on site cleanup and remediation

(photos from June 14)

Work on the ponds continues to move westward. The eastern-most pond has the majority of oil removed. Work continues on cutting, raking, and flushing the shoreline in the central pond area.

Workers continue to focus their oil recovery efforts on the pond area, removing oily woody debris and vegetation, as well as using large fans to move surface oil to skimmers.

Workers flush the shoreline and beaver runs with pond water to aid oil recovery.

Vacuum trucks are removing collected oil from containment trenches along the right-of-way and around the soil stockpiles.

Timber rig mats on the north end of the clean-up site are being moved to allow the road to be re-built to accommodate heavy equipment.

In addition to the mechanical skimmers operating in the pond area, workers are manually removing oil from areas near the booms using long-handled pan skimmers.

Drill rig used to advance boreholes in which groundwater wells are installed.

Groundwater monitoring wells have been installed for long-term groundwater monitoring at the site.

 

June 8, 2011: Progress on site cleanup and remediation

There's been significant progress in removing surface oil from the ponds, so fewer skimmers are required for the remaining area.

Workers continue to wash the pond's shoreline and flush dormant beaver runs with fresh water in order to facilitate oil recovery.

Workers continue to wash the pond's shoreline with fresh water and cut and rake dried seasonal vegetation in order to facilitate oil recovery.

Rig mats and collection/containment trenches have been installed down the right of way to create access for oil recovery operations.

On June 3, snowy conditions presented challenges for workers at the clean-up site.

Environment staff sample water conditions as part of the on-site environmental monitoring

 

June 2, 2011: Clean-up and remediation progress

Rig mats and collection/containment trenches have been installed down the right of way to create access for oil recovery operations.

The location of the pipeline has been marked and contaminated soil removed from along the right of way. (The markings along the right of way are hydrovac holes to locate the depth of the line to ensure removal of contaminated soils can be accomplished safely.

Following tree removal, the layer of impacted soil is stripped and stockpiled. The felled trees will be used in future reclamation efforts, once remediation of the impacted soil has been completed.

Workers use vacuum trucks to collect oil from the collection/containment trenches excavated around the stockpiles of impacted soil.

 

May 21, 2011: Progress on site clean-up

(photos from May 15)

Pipeline right of way: Mile Post 188

Oil recovery from secondary containment

Site safety remains a sharp focus

Vacuum trucks assist in oil recovery

 

May 16, 2011: Photos from May 6 media site tour

 

May 9, 2011: Clean-up efforts continue

Aerial view of pipeline right of way

Spill containment and clean-up

Clean-up efforts continue

Wildlife deterrents

 

May 4, 2011: Initial clean-up efforts at site

Access road

Rig mat road

Onsite equipment

Aerial view of pond

Perimeter fencing

Wildlife deterrents