2019 Q2 Newsletter - President's Message

ERAC just wrapped up our National Training Forum in the first week of May. For those who don’t know, this is an event we hold every two years for our response team network, including team managers and leaders, remedial measures advisors, technical advisors, dangerous goods officers and regulators.

It’s heartening to see how passionate these individuals are about our industry. To be in a room with individuals who have decades of experience, along with those just beginning their journeys, energizes you, reminds you of your own reasons for being here. We believe offering our response network the opportunity to learn, network and celebrate helps foster collaboration and opportunities for continuous improvement across the entire industry.

This carries over in to some of the work we’ve done on the Northern BC rail corridor over the past year. ERAC has had the fortune to work closely with AltaGas, Pembina, CN and GFL Environmental – all significant sponsors of staffing, equipment and training in that area. As you can see, a wide variety of stakeholders have worked together to ensure safe and efficient operations for this project. Thank you to every one of you.

Over the past year, ERAC has seen many changes to the industry and our services. We identified a greater need for emergency response planning from our Plan Participant members and, in April, we announced two interim roles: Don Merriam as Emergency Response Planning Manager and Lee Nelson as Operations Manager. These changes will allow Don to concentrate on ERAC’s emergency response planning services, such as emergency response plans, including Emergency Response Assistance Plans (ERAPs), Environmental Emergency (E2) plans and spill contingency plans, as well as drills, tabletops and exercises. This leaves Lee’s new role to continue to execute exceptional training and assessment on behalf of ERAC and our Plan Participant members. We’re excited to continue providing excellent service to all our stakeholders.

In addition, as anticipated, the revisions to both the Environmental Emergency Regulations and the TDG Regulations were announced this spring. We communicated the changes of each to our Plan Participant members, as well as included a summarized version in this newsletter. ERAC will continue to communicate accordingly with our Plan Participant members and stakeholders.

I want to wish all of you a very safe and enjoyable summer.

Spencer Buckland

Pictured above: Spencer Buckland (left) with Michael "Pinball" Clemons, keynote speaker at the National Training Forum