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Canadian Energy Regulator Onshore Pipeline Regulations (SOR/99-294)

Regulations are current to 2024-06-19 and last amended on 2022-09-27. Previous Versions

Audits and Inspections (continued)

  • SOR/2013-49, s. 22

Construction Inspection

  •  (1) When a company constructs a pipeline, the company or an agent independent of any construction contractor retained by the company shall inspect the construction to ensure that it meets the requirements of these Regulations and complies with the terms and conditions of any certificate or order issued by the Commission.

  • (2) An inspection shall be performed by a person who has sufficient expertise, knowledge and training to competently carry out the inspection.

Program Audits

  • SOR/2013-49, s. 20
  •  (1) A company shall conduct audits, with a maximum interval of three years, of the following programs:

    • (a) the emergency management program referred to in section 32;

    • (b) the integrity management program referred to in section 40, including the pipeline control system referred to in section 37;

    • (c) the safety management program referred to in section 47;

    • (d) the security management program referred to in section 47.1;

    • (e) the environmental protection program referred to in section 48; and

    • (f) the damage prevention program referred to in section 47.2.

  • (2) The documents prepared following the audit shall include

    • (a) any deficiencies noted; and

    • (b) any corrective action taken or planned to be taken.

  • SOR/2013-49, s. 21
  • SOR/2016-134, s. 2

Record Retention

  • SOR/2013-49, s. 22


 A company shall, in addition to complying with the record retention requirements set out in the CSA standards referred to in section 4, retain

  • (a) until at least one month after the date on which they were recorded, the records made under paragraphs 36(c) and 37(b) except for leak detection data, which shall be retained for six months;

  • (b) an annual report on the training program developed under section 46 that compares the actual training received by employees to the planned training;

  • (c) for at least one year after a pipeline or part of one is placed into service, any information with respect to the quality assurance program developed under section 15;

  • (d) for the most recent five years of operation or for the period covered by the two most recent complete audits, whichever period is longer, the records for the audits and inspections required by sections 53 to 55;

  • (e) for as long as the installations referred to in section 38 remain on the pipeline, detailed records of those installations, including

    • (i) the location of the installation,

    • (ii) the type of installation,

    • (iii) the date of installation,

    • (iv) the welding procedure used,

    • (v) the carbon equivalent of the pipeline,

    • (vi) the results of the non-destructive testing performed on the installation, and

    • (vii) the planned date of removal of the installation;

  • (f) accurate records of the location of all buried facilities, until they are removed; and

  • (g) for at least two years after the operation of a pipeline or part of one has been duly abandoned in accordance with all applicable requirements

    • (i) all records available to the company in respect of the procedures used in each stage of the construction of the pipeline or part,

    • (ii) the production reports and mill certificates,

    • (iii) the specifications and name-plate data, if any, of the pumps, compressors, drivers, storage tanks and other major equipment of the pipeline,

    • (iv) the performance curves of all main line pumps and compressors of the pipeline,

    • (v) the reports of all surveillance and monitoring programs developed under section 39,

    • (vi) the documentation referred to in section 41 in respect of pipeline defects, and

    • (vii) the documentation on all incidents reported under section 52.

  • SOR/2007-50, s. 21
  • SOR/2008-269, s. 4



Coming into Force

 These Regulations come into force on August 1, 1999.


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