National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations (SOR/99-294)

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National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations

SOR/99-294

NATIONAL ENERGY BOARD ACT

Registration 1999-06-23

National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations

P.C. 1999-1184  1999-06-23

The National Energy Board, pursuant to subsection 48(2) of the National Energy Board Act, hereby makes the annexed Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999.

Calgary, Alberta, May 26, 1999

His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Natural Resources, pursuant to subsection 48(2) of the National Energy Board Act, hereby approves the annexed Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999, made by the National Energy Board.

Interpretation

 The definitions in this section apply in these Regulations.

abandon

abandon means to permanently cease operation such that the cessation results in the discontinuance of service. (cessation d’exploitation)

accountable officer

accountable officer means a person appointed as accountable officer under subsection 6.2(1). (dirigeant responsable)

Act

Act means the National Energy Board Act. (Loi)

change of service

change of service means a change in the type of fluid transported in the pipeline, which necessitates changes to the design requirements in accordance with CSA Z662. (modification du service)

class location

class location means a class location as defined in CSA Z662 and as determined in accordance with that standard. (classe d’emplacement)

component

component means a component as defined in CSA Z662. (élément)

CSA

CSA means the Canadian Standards Association. (CSA)

CSA W178.2

CSA W178.2[Repealed, SOR/2007-50, s. 1]

CSA Z246.1

CSA Z246.1 means CSA Standard Z246.1 entitled Security Management for Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry Systems, as amended from time to time. (norme CSA Z246.1)

CSA Z276

CSA Z276 means CSA Standard Z276 entitled Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) - Production, Storage and Handling, as amended from time to time. (norme CSA Z276)

CSA Z341

CSA Z341 means CSA Standard Z341 entitled Storage of Hydrocarbons in Underground Formations, as amended from time to time. (norme CSA Z341)

CSA Z662

CSA Z662 means CSA Standard Z662 entitled Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems, as amended from time to time. (norme CSA Z662)

deactivate

deactivate means to remove temporarily from service. (désactivation)

decommission

decommission means to permanently cease operation such that the cessation does not result in the discontinuance of service. (désaffectation)

environment

environment means elements of the Earth and includes

  • (a) land, water and air, including all layers of the atmosphere;

  • (b) all organic and inorganic matter and living organisms; and

  • (c) the interacting natural systems that include elements referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b). (environnement)

HVP

HVP means high vapour pressure as defined in CSA Z662. (HPV)

incident

incident means an occurrence that results in

  • (a) the death of or serious injury to a person;

  • (b) a significant adverse effect on the environment;

  • (c) an unintended fire or explosion;

  • (d) an unintended or uncontained release of LVP hydrocarbons in excess of 1.5 m3;

  • (e) an unintended or uncontrolled release of gas or HVP hydrocarbons;

  • (f) the operation of a pipeline beyond its design limits as determined under CSA Z662 or CSA Z276 or any operating limits imposed by the Board. (incident)

inspection officer

inspection officer means an inspection officer designated by the Board under section 49 of the Act. (inspecteur)

joining

joining means the joining of pipe and components, performed after the pipe and component manufacturing processes. (assemblage)

LVP

LVP means low vapour pressure as defined in CSA Z662. (BPV)

management system

management system means the system set out in sections 6.1 to 6.6. (système de gestion)

maximum operating pressure

maximum operating pressure means maximum operating pressure as defined in CSA Z662. (pression maximale de service)

onshore pipeline

onshore pipeline or pipeline means a pipeline intended for the transmission of hydrocarbons that is not in an offshore area. (pipeline terrestre ou pipeline)

operate

operate includes repair, maintain, deactivate, reactivate and decommission. (exploitation)

release

release includes discharge, spray, spill, leak, seep, pour, emit, dump and exhaust. (rejet)

serious injury

serious injury includes an injury that results in

  • (a) the fracture of a major bone;

  • (b) the amputation of a body part;

  • (c) the loss of sight in one or both eyes;

  • (d) internal hemorrhage;

  • (e) third degree burns;

  • (f) unconsciousness; or

  • (g) the loss of a body part or function of a body part. (blessure grave)

station

station means a facility that is used in connection with the operation of a pipeline and includes a facility for pumping, compression, pressure reduction, storage of hydrocarbons, metering, receiving or delivering. It also includes the land and other works connected with the facility. (station)

storage facility

storage facility means a facility that is constructed for the storage of oil and includes the land and other works connected with the facility. (installation de stockage)

toxic substance

toxic substance means a substance that enters the environment in a quantity or concentration that may

  • (a) have an immediate or long-term adverse effect on the environment;

  • (b) constitute a danger to the environment on which human life depends; or

  • (c) constitute a danger to human life or health. (substance toxique)

  • SOR/2007-50, s. 1;
  • SOR/2008-269, s. 1;
  • SOR/2013-49, s. 2.

Application

 Subject to sections 2.1 and 3, these Regulations apply in respect of onshore pipelines designed, constructed, operated or abandoned after the coming into force of these Regulations.

  • SOR/2003-39, s. 56.

 These Regulations do not apply in respect of a hydrocarbon processing plant that is subject to the National Energy Board Processing Plant Regulations.

  • SOR/2003-39, s. 56.
  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), sections 9 to 26 apply in respect of any construction, maintenance or repairs undertaken with respect to a pipeline.

  • (2) Sections 9 to 26 do not apply in respect of a pipeline or any part of a pipeline

    • (a) that exists on the coming into force of these Regulations; or

    • (b) for which an authorization to construct, maintain or repair it was issued on or before the coming into force of these Regulations.

  • SOR/2013-49, s. 3.

General

  •  (1) When a company designs, constructs, operates or abandons a pipeline, or contracts for the provision of those services, the company shall ensure that the pipeline is designed, constructed, operated or abandoned in accordance with the applicable provisions of

    • (a) these Regulations;

    • (b) CSA Z276, if the pipeline transports liquefied natural gas;

    • (c) CSA Z341 for underground storage of hydrocarbons;

    • (d) CSA Z662, if the pipeline transports liquid or gaseous hydrocarbons; and

    • (e) CSA Z246.1 for all pipelines.

  • (2) Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), the company shall ensure that the pipeline is designed, constructed, operated or abandoned in accordance with the design, specifications, programs, manuals, procedures, measures and plans developed and implemented by the company in accordance with these Regulations.

  • (3) If there is an inconsistency between these Regulations and a standard referred to in paragraph (1)(b), (c), (d) or (e), these Regulations prevail to the extent of the inconsistency.

  • SOR/2013-49, s. 4.
 
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