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

Regulations are current to 2021-09-11 and last amended on 2020-03-16. Previous Versions

Operation and Maintenance (continued)

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  • SOR/2013-49, s. 22
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Change of Service or Increase in Maximum Operating Pressure

 If a company proposes a change of service or an increase in the maximum operating pressure for the pipeline, the company shall submit an application for the change or increase to the Commission.

Deactivation and Reactivation

  •  (1) If a company proposes to deactivate a pipeline or part of one for 12 months or more, has maintained a pipeline or part of one in a deactivated mode for 12 months or more or has not operated a pipeline or part of one for 12 months or more, the company shall submit an application for deactivation to the Commission.

  • (2) The company shall include in the application the reasons, and the procedures that were or are to be used, for the activity that is the subject of the application.

  •  (1) If a company proposes to reactivate a pipeline or part of one that has been deactivated for 12 months or more, the company shall submit an application for the reactivation to the Commission.

  • (2) The company shall include in the application the reasons, and the procedures that are to be used, for the reactivation.

Decommissioning

  •  (1) If a company proposes to decommission a pipeline or part of one, the company shall submit an application for the decommissioning to the Commission.

  • (2) The company shall include in the application the reasons, and the procedures that are to be used, for the decommissioning.

Training Program

  •  (1) A company shall develop and implement a training program for any employee of the company who is directly involved in the operation of the pipeline.

  • (2) The training program shall instruct the employee on

    • (a) the safety regulations and procedures applicable to the day-to-day operation of the pipeline;

    • (a.1) the security processes, procedures and measures applicable to the day-to-day operation of the pipeline;

    • (b) responsible environmental practices and procedures in the day-to-day operations of the pipeline;

    • (c) the procedures for the proper operation of the equipment that the employee could reasonably be expected to use; and

    • (d) the emergency procedures set out in the manual developed under section 32 and the procedures for the operation of all emergency equipment that the employee could reasonably be expected to use.

  • (3) The company shall use reasonable efforts to ensure that any employee who attends a training program has a working knowledge of the subject-matter of the program at the end of the program.

  • SOR/2013-49, s. 16

Safety Management Program

 A company shall develop, implement and maintain a safety management program that anticipates, prevents, manages and mitigates potentially dangerous conditions and exposure to those conditions during all activities relating to construction, operation, maintenance, abandonment and emergency situations.

Security Management Program

 A company shall develop, implement and maintain a security management program that anticipates, prevents, manages and mitigates conditions that could adversely affect people, property or the environment.

  • SOR/2013-49, s. 17

Damage Prevention Program

 A company shall develop, implement and maintain a damage prevention program that anticipates, prevents, manages and mitigates damage to its pipeline and meets the requirements set out in section 16 of the Canadian Energy Regulator Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations — Obligations of Pipeline Companies.

Environmental Protection Program

 A company shall develop, implement and maintain an environmental protection program that anticipates, prevents, manages and mitigates conditions that could adversely affect the environment.

  • SOR/2007-50, s. 20(F)
  • SOR/2013-49, s. 18

Commission Authority

 When the protection of property and the environment and the safety of the public and the company’s employees warrant it, the Commission may direct a company to test, inspect or assess a pipeline in accordance with CSA standards or any other comparable standards.

Abandonment

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  • SOR/2013-49, s. 22
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Application for Leave to Abandon

 A company shall include in an application made under section 241 of the Act for leave to abandon a pipeline or part of one the reasons, and the procedures that are to be used, for the abandonment.

Reporting

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  • SOR/2013-49, s. 22
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Crossing Reports

 If a company constructs a pipeline that crosses a utility or private road, the company shall

  • (a) immediately notify the Regulator of the details of unplanned interruption in the operation of the utility or any unplanned closure of the road if the interruption or closure results from the construction of the crossing; and

  • (b) on request, submit a crossing report to the Regulator that sets out

    • (i) the description and location of the utility or road, and

    • (ii) the name of the authority having control over the utility or the name of the owner of the road.

Incident Report

  •  (1) A company shall immediately notify the Regulator of any incident relating to the construction, operation or abandonment of its pipeline and shall submit a preliminary and detailed incident report to the Regulator as soon as is practicable.

  • (2) After notification of an incident, an inspection officer may partially or completely relieve a company from the requirement to submit a preliminary and detailed incident report.

Audits and Inspections

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  • SOR/2013-49, s. 22
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General Compliance

  •  (1) A company shall conduct inspections on a regular basis and audits, with a maximum interval of three years, to ensure that its pipeline is designed, constructed, operated and abandoned in compliance with

    • (a) Parts 2 and 3 of the Act;

    • (b) Part 6 of the Act as it relates to the safety and security of persons and for the protection of property and the environment;

    • (c) these Regulations; and

    • (d) the terms and conditions of any certificate or order issued by the Commission, as it relates to the safety and security of persons and for the protection of property and the environment.

  • (2) The audit shall document

    • (a) all non-compliance noted; and

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

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.

 
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