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Canadian Energy Regulator Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations – Authorizations (SOR/2016-124)

Regulations are current to 2021-11-17 and last amended on 2020-03-16. Previous Versions

Activity that Causes a Ground Disturbance (continued)

Marginal note:Authorization — activity required for maintenance of facility

 For the purposes of subsection 335(1) of the Act, any maintenance of an existing facility — in an area other than an offshore area — that causes a ground disturbance within the prescribed area is authorized if the person engaged in the maintenance complies with paragraphs 10(1)(b) and (c) and the measures set out in paragraphs 10(3)(c) to (h).

Operation of Vehicles or Mobile Equipment Across a Pipeline

Marginal note:Authorization – operation across pipeline

 Subject to section 13 and for the purposes of paragraph 335(2)(a) of the Act, the operation of a vehicle or mobile equipment across a pipeline is authorized if the person that intends to operate the vehicle or mobile equipment across the pipeline obtains the pipeline company’s written consent.

Marginal note:Authorization — agricultural activity

  •  (1) For the purposes of paragraph 335(2)(a) of the Act, the operation across the pipeline of a vehicle or mobile equipment that is used to perform an agricultural activity is authorized if the following conditions are met:

  • Definition of agricultural activity

    (2) In this section, agricultural activity means the production of crops and the raising of animals and includes tillage, plowing, disking, harrowing and pasturing, but does not include the construction of new buildings or impervious areas or the placement of footings, foundations, pilings or posts, including fence posts.

Application for Authorization

Marginal note:File application with Regulator

  •  (1) 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 may file an application for authorization with the Regulator if

    • (a) the construction, activity or operation is not authorized under subsection 7(1), 9(1) or 10(1) or section 11 or 12; or

    • (b) the person is unable to comply with the applicable measures set out in subsection 7(3), 9(2) or 10(3).

  • Marginal note:Service

    (2) If a person files an application under subsection (1), that person must serve a copy of the application on the pipeline company that operates the pipeline in question.

Transitional Provisions

Marginal note:Construction or excavation

  •  (1) Any leave granted by the National Energy Board prior to June 19, 2016 to construct a facility across, on, along or under a pipeline or to excavate using power-operated equipment or explosives within 30 m of a pipeline under subsection 112(1) of the National Energy Board Act, as it read immediately prior to that date, expires on the date set out in the leave, but if there is no date set out in the leave it expires two years after the day on which the leave was granted.

  • Marginal note:Crossing

    (2) Any leave granted by the pipeline company prior to June 19, 2016 to operate a vehicle or mobile equipment across a pipeline under subsection 112(2) of the National Energy Board Act, as it read prior to that date, expires on the date set out in the leave granted by the pipeline company.

Marginal note:Construction or installation of facility

 The construction or installation of a facility in respect of which a person has obtained written permission under paragraph 4(b) of the National Energy Board Pipeline Crossing Regulations, Part I prior to June 19, 2016 is authorized under subsection 112(1) of the National Energy Board Act, as it reads on June 19, 2016, and the measures to be taken in relation to that construction or installation are those set out in paragraphs 4(a) to (m) of those Regulations as they read immediately before the day on which these Regulations come into force.

Marginal note:Excavation

 An excavation in respect of which a person has obtained the pipeline company’s written permission under paragraph 6(b) of the National Energy Board Pipeline Crossing Regulations, Part I prior to June 19, 2016 is an authorized ground disturbance under subsection 112(1) of the National Energy Board Act, as it reads on June 19, 2016, and the measures to be taken in relation to the excavation are those set out in section 6 of those Regulations as it read immediately before the day on which these Regulations come into force.

Application Prior to Publication

Marginal note:Statutory Instruments Act

 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

 [Repeal]

Coming into Force

Marginal note:

  • S.C. 2015, c. 21
  • Footnote * These Regulations come into force on the day on which section 34 of the Pipeline Safety Act comes into 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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