Transportation Safety Board Regulations

Version of section 4 from 2014-07-01 to 2018-11-22:

Marginal note:Report to Board

  •  (1) The operator of a pipeline must report the following pipeline occurrences to the Board if they result directly from the operation of the pipeline:

    • (a) a person is killed or sustains a serious injury;

    • (b) the safe operation of the pipeline is affected by

      • (i) damage sustained when another object came into contact with it, or

      • (ii) a fire or explosion or an ignition that is not associated with normal pipeline operations;

    • (c) an event or an operational malfunction results in

      • (i) an unintended or uncontrolled release of gas,

      • (ii) an unintended or uncontrolled release of HVP hydrocarbons,

      • (iii) an unintended or uncontained release of LVP hydrocarbons in excess of 1.5 m3, or

      • (iv) an unintended or uncontrolled release of a commodity other than gas, HVP hydrocarbons or LVP hydrocarbons;

    • (d) there is a release of a commodity from the line pipe body;

    • (e) the pipeline is operated beyond design limits or any operating restrictions imposed by the National Energy Board;

    • (f) the pipeline restricts the safe operation of any mode of transportation;

    • (g) an unauthorized third party activity within the safety zone poses a threat to the safe operation of the pipeline;

    • (h) a geotechnical, hydraulic or environmental activity poses a threat to the safe operation of the pipeline;

    • (i) the operation of a portion of the pipeline is interrupted as a result of a situation or condition that poses a threat to any person, property or the environment; or

    • (j) an unintended fire or explosion has occurred that poses a threat to any person, property or the environment.

  • Marginal note:Information in report

    (2) The report must contain the following information:

    • (a) the name of the operator;

    • (b) the date and time of the occurrence;

    • (c) the unique identifier of the pipeline or portion of pipeline, such as its name or number;

    • (d) the specific pipeline components that malfunctioned or failed;

    • (e) the location of the occurrence by reference to a specific designation point such as the operator’s facility or the pipeline’s kilometre post location;

    • (f) the closest city, town or village to the occurrence site;

    • (g) the number of persons who were killed or sustained serious injuries as a result of the occurrence;

    • (h) a list of any commodity contained in or released from the pipeline and an estimate of the volume of commodity released and recovered;

    • (i) the actual or anticipated duration of any interruption of the operation of the pipeline or a portion of the pipeline;

    • (j) a description of the occurrence, the events leading up to it and the extent of any damage, including the consequences on the pipeline or portion of the pipeline and on any other property and the environment;

    • (k) a description of any action taken or planned to address the consequences of the occurrence;

    • (l) a description of any action taken or planned to protect persons, property and the environment, including any evacuation as a result of the occurrence;

    • (m) the name and title of the person making the report and the phone number and address at which they can be reached; and

    • (n) any information specific to the occurrence that the Board requires.

  • Marginal note:Time limit

    (3) The person making the report must send to the Board

    • (a) as soon as possible and by the quickest means available, all the information required under subsection (2) that is available at the time of the occurrence; and

    • (b) the remainder of that information as soon as it becomes available within 30 days after the occurrence.

  • Marginal note:Agreement

    (4) The Board and the operator of the pipeline may enter into an agreement regarding a format and time frame for reporting pipeline occurrences that are not likely to require immediate Board response.

  • Marginal note:Definitions

    (5) The following definitions apply in this section.

    CSA Z662

    norme CSA Z662

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

    design limits

    limites de calcul

    design limits means the design limits and criteria for a pipeline that are prescribed by the standards and codes under which the pipeline is designed, constructed and operated. (limites de calcul)



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



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



    operator means the company that operates the pipeline or portion of the pipeline. (exploitant)

    safety zone

    zone de sécurité

    safety zone means the area extending 30 m perpendicularly from the centre of a pipeline on either side of the pipeline. (zone de sécurité)

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