Tribal Engagement and Cultural Sensitivity
Plains believes that developing and maintaining constructive relationships with tribal communities in areas we operate is not only good business but the right thing to do. Our goal is to communicate with tribal governments in an open and transparent manner that respects the sovereignty and culture of each tribe, while sharing information about our assets and activities in the area. We are committed to collaborative partnerships with federal, state and local agencies and tribal governments, and will continue to engage with these groups in an open and respectful manner.
Cultural Resource Protection During Construction
We are committed to consulting with tribal governments in areas that we operate and to considering their input regarding the route, design and construction of our pipelines. If concerns are raised about a proposed route, we carefully consider the concerns and possibilities to reroute our pipeline, to use less invasive installation technologies, or to provide access to the right of way during construction activities for archaeologists specially trained to monitor construction for discovery of possible cultural resources. When applicable, we also complete the Section 106 intergovernmental consultation process established by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Where appropriate, we work with tribes to engage additional tribal heritage-focused cultural monitors at specific culturally sensitive locations agreed upon with the interested tribe. We appreciate the many tribes who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise to help us avoid or minimize impacts to cultural resources.
Our pipeline projects follow the procedures laid out in state law and regulations to acquire easements and rights of way. We offer fair compensation for all easements and rights of way and work with individual landowners to address concerns or issues associated with crossing their property. During construction, where possible, we honor the requests of landowners to cross their property in the least impactful way. Once our activity is complete, we work to restore the surrounding environment to as reasonably close to prior condition as possible.
In association with our Public Awareness Program, safety information is disseminated to tenants, lessees, property owners and residents reasonably close to the pipeline at least every two years. Whenever our maintenance activities require us to access the right of way or easement, we reach out to the landowner to request access, explain what they can expect and develop a plan to minimize potential disruptions caused by our work.