Vol. 150, No. 12 — March 19, 2016

National Energy Board Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations – Obligations of Pipeline Companies

Statutory authority

National Energy Board Act

Sponsoring agency

National Energy Board

REGULATORY IMPACT ANALYSIS STATEMENT

For the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement, see the National Energy Board Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations – Authorizations.

PROPOSED REGULATORY TEXT

Notice is given that the National Energy Board, pursuant to subsections 48(2) (see footnote a) and 112(5) (see footnote b) of the National Energy Board Act (see footnote c), proposes to make the annexed National Energy Board Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations – Obligations of Pipeline Companies.

Interested persons may make representations concerning the proposed Regulations within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. All such representations must cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, and the date of publication of this notice, and be addressed to Chantal Briand, Regulatory Approaches, National Energy Board, 517 Tenth Avenue SW Calgary, AB, T2R 0A8 (Toll free tel. in Canada: 1-800-899-1265; fax: 403-299-5503; Toll free fax in Canada: 1-877-288-8803; email: damagepreventionregs@neb-one.gc.ca).

Ottawa, March 10, 2016

Jurica Čapkun
Assistant Clerk of the Privy Council

National Energy Board Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations – Obligations of Pipeline Companies

Interpretation

Definitions

1 The following definitions apply in these Regulations.

authorization means the authorization referred to in subsection 112(1) or paragraph 112(2)(a) of the National Energy Board Act. (autorisation)

facility means any structure, highway, private road, railway, irrigation ditch, drain, drainage system, sewer, dike, telephone line, telegraph line, telecommunication line, line for the transmission of electricity or pipe for the transmission of hydrocarbons or any other substance. (installation)

pipe means a pipe that is part of a pipeline and that is used or is to be used for the transmission of hydrocarbons or any other commodity. (conduite)

prescribed area has the meaning assigned by section 2 of the National Energy Board Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations – Authorizations. (zone réglementaire)

working day means any day that is not a Saturday or a Sunday or other holiday. (jour ouvrable)

One-Call Centre

Obligation to be a member

2 (1) If a pipeline company operates a pipeline within a geographical area where a one-call centre exists, the pipeline company must be a member of that centre.

One-call centre

(2) A one-call centre is an organization that, for the purposes of protecting the underground infrastructures of its members from damage and ensuring public safety,

Consent

Inform person of decision

3 (1) If a pipeline company receives a request for the written consent referred to in paragraph 7(1)(a) or 10(1)(a) or section 12 of the National Energy Board Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations – Authorizations, the pipeline company must, within 10 working days after receiving the request, inform the person that made the request whether the consent has been granted or refused and, in the case of a refusal, the reasons for the refusal.

Contents of consent

(2) When a person makes a request to the pipeline company for the written consent referred to in paragraph 7(1)(a) or 10(1)(a) of the National Energy Board Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations – Authorizations that contains the technical and other information that enable the pipeline company to determine whether the construction or activity would impair the pipeline’s safety and security, the pipeline company may grant its consent subject to any conditions necessary for the protection of property and the environment, the safety and security of the public and of the company’s employees or the pipeline’s safety and security.

Amendment or addition of conditions

(3) At any time during the construction of a facility or the activity that causes a ground disturbance, the pipeline company may add conditions or amend the conditions referred to in subsection (2) if it determines that additions or amendments are necessary to ensure the pipeline’s safety and security.

Obligation to Provide Information

Information – application for authorization

4 If a person that intends to construct a facility across, on, along or under a pipeline, engage in an activity that would cause a ground disturbance within the prescribed area of a pipeline or operate a vehicle or mobile equipment across a pipeline has made a request to the pipeline company for the information that is necessary to make an application to the Board for authorization, the pipeline company must, within 10 working days after receiving the request, give the person all the information, and provide all reasonable assistance, that is necessary to prepare the application.

Comments by pipeline company

5 If a pipeline company receives a copy of an application for authorization that has been filed with the Board, the pipeline company must, within 10 working days after receiving the copy of the application, send to the Board its comments on the application.

Obligations Following Request to Locate

Timeline

6 (1) Subject to subsection (2), if a pipeline company receives a request to locate its pipes from a person that intends to construct a facility across, on, along or under a pipeline or engage in an activity that would cause a ground disturbance within the prescribed area, the pipeline company must, within three working days after the day on which the request is made, or any longer period agreed to by the pipeline company and that person,

Markings

(2) The markings must be consistent with the standards for locating a pipeline that are set out in the pipeline company’s damage prevention program.

Obligations Respecting Certain Locations

Agricultual activity

7 Even if the condition set out in paragraph 13(1)(a) of the National Energy Board Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations – Authorizations is met, when the operation of vehicles or mobile equipment across a pipeline at specific locations for the purposes of performing an agricultural activity could impair the pipeline’s safety or security, the pipeline company must identify those locations and notify the following persons in writing of those locations:

Inspections

Inspections and field observations

8 The pipeline company must

Detection of deterioration

9 (1) The pipeline company must make any inspections that are necessary to ensure that any deterioration of a facility that might adversely affect a pipe is detected and must notify the facility’s owner, in writing, of any deterioration that is detected.

Notification

(2) If an inspection reveals deterioration of a facility that would so impair the safety or security of the pipe as to warrant removal of the facility, the pipeline company must so notify the Board in writing.

Suspension

Grounds

10 (1) The pipeline company may suspend the consent that it granted to construct a facility or to engage in an activity that causes a ground disturbance within the prescribed area if

Notify Board

(2) If a pipeline company suspends its consent pursuant to subsection (1), it must immediately notify the Board in writing of the suspension and give its reasons for the suspension.

Obligation to Report

Report to Board

11 (1) The pipeline company must immediately report to the Board

Contents of report

(2) The report must include the following information:

Records

Facilities and ground disturbances

12 (1) The pipeline company must keep a record of all construction of facilities across, on, along or under a pipeline and of all activities that cause a ground disturbance within the prescribed area for the life of the pipeline, including its abandonment.

Contents of records

(2) The records must include, for each facility or each activity that causes a ground disturbance, as the case may be,

Consent — crossings

(3) The pipeline company must keep a record that contains a copy of the written consents granted by the pipeline company for the purposes of section 12 of the National Energy Board Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations – Authorizations for the life of the pipeline or, if there is an expiry date set out in the consent, for a period of 12 months from the day on which the consent expires.

Locations

(4) The pipeline company must keep a record of the locations that are identified under section 7.

Duty to make records available

13 Every pipeline company that is required by these Regulations to keep records must make the records, and all other materials necessary to verify the information in those records, available to officers of the Board and other persons authorized by the Board for that purpose and must give the Board and other authorized persons any assistance necessary to inspect the records.

List

14 On the request of the Board, the pipeline company must provide the Board with

Guidelines

Request for consent

15 Every pipeline company must develop and maintain detailed guidelines setting out the technical and other information to be included in the requests for the written consent referred to in paragraph 7(1)(a) or 10(1)(a) of the National Energy Board Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations – Authorizations and must make those guidelines public.

Damage Prevention Program

Minimum content

16 The damage prevention program that a pipeline company is required to develop, implement and maintain under section 47.2 of the National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations must include

Transitional Provisions

Section 11 – former Regulations

17 Section 11 of the National Energy Board Pipeline Crossing Regulations, Part II, as it read immediately before the day on which these Regulations come into force, continues to apply to any person to which that section applied.

Section 14 – former Regulations

18 Section 14 of the National Energy Board Pipeline Crossing Regulations, Part II, as it read immediately before the day on which these Regulations come into force, continues to apply with respect to the permissions referred to in sections 15 and 16 of National Energy Board Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations – Authorizations.

Application Prior to Publication

Statutory Instruments Act

19 For the purposes of paragraph 11(2)(a) of the Statutory Instruments Act, these Regulations apply before they are published in the Canada Gazette.

Repeal

20 The National Energy Board Pipeline Crossing Regulations, Part II (see footnote 1) are repealed.

Coming into Force

S.C. 2015, c. 21

21 These Regulations come into force on the first day on which both sections 15 and 34 of the Pipeline Safety Act are in force, but if they are registered after that day, they come into force on the day on which they are registered.

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