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Apr 3 2020

Statement — Measures to manage COVID-19 on the Keystone XL project

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With the current and evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we’ve provided some insight as to how Keystone XL is responding to this situation. And, as safety is our number one value, we extend our sincerest well-wishes to the families affected, and we recognize the tremendous efforts of first responders and health professionals worldwide.

The following measures have been implemented for safety as we continue to progress the Keystone XL project:

Protecting our teams, partners and communities

Throughout TC Energy, we’ve established policies and protocols for employees, contractors and visitors to manage their health risk and quell the spread of infection, including:

  • Staying connected to various levels of health and government agencies to ensure we’re aligned with recommended standards to meet risk levels.
  • Proactively closing our major metropolitan offices and having our employees work remotely, canceling non-critical travel and holding meetings with partners, where possible, via phone or video conferencing.
  • Requiring that only employees who are critical to the safe and reliable operations are permitted to work in our offices and in the field.
  • Requiring all our workers to follow safe practices including hygiene, avoiding large public gatherings, adhering to travel restrictions, and staying away from work if they are sick. 
  • Implementation of screening protocol for all workers and a detailed pre-access COVID-19 questionnaire.

Implementing safety protocols at our Montana construction site

Keystone XL and its prime contractor have taken proactive steps to manage the health risk and prevent the spread of the infection as we begin work in northern Montana on the first U.S. segment of the project.

We have put into place policies and protocols that follow all guidelines from applicable regulatory agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have communicated our policies to local health agencies in Montana near our work site. We are committed to working closely with these agencies, keeping them informed of conditions at our work site.

The policies and protocols established for employees to our Montana work site include:

  • All suppliers, employees and subcontractors will be required to complete a questionnaire about their health and their travels before being allowed on the site. We are also taking the temperature of incoming employees.
  • Travel in and out of the site will be minimized to essential personnel.
  • All gatherings and meetings will be limited to 10 people or fewer and our personnel will maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible. We will reduce the participants in essential meetings to the fewest people possible.
  • Transport vehicles will be sanitized/disinfected/cleaned after each trip. Hand wash facilities and hand sanitizer will be available at all locations.
  • A log will be maintained daily at all locations to account for personnel in/out to all sites, the log will be all inclusive with visitors included.
  • COVID-19 training will be provided to all employees upon arrival to the site.
  • Any person exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated from other personnel immediately and removed from the project.  We will also notify local health departments of any person who tests positive for the coronavirus.

Together, we will ensure our workforce and local communities remain safe, and that our important work continues.