The National Energy Board ("NEB") is currently seeking comments on its proposed approach to
damage prevention for oil pipelines. Anyone interested in
commenting has until November 13, 2015 to do so.
The Pipeline Safety Act, SC 2015, c.21, received Royal Assent on
June 18, 2015, bringing with it forthcoming amendments to the
National Energy Board Act, RSC, 1985, c N-7. These amendments
require the NEB to update its pipeline damage prevention
regulations. The regulations that will be affected include:
National Energy Board Pipeline Crossing Regulations, Part I
(PCR Part I);
National Energy Board Pipeline Crossing Regulations, Part II
(PCR Part II); and
Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations (National Energy
The NEB has identified 3 main areas to be updated:
Modernizing the regulatory language;
Amending the regulations to reflect the legislative changes
made to the National Energy Board Act by the Pipeline Safety Act;
Amending the regulations to reflect the results from the last
public consultation period conducted in September 2014.
As part of this process, the NEB released for public comment an
"information paper" aimed at informing and eliciting
public comments on its proposed updates.
Between aging pipeline infrastructure, increasingly
unpredictable (and more severe) weather conditions due to climate
change, and a turn, increasingly, to pipelines for oil transport
post-Lac Megantic, it is more important than ever to ensure the
adequacy of safety regulations.
Comments can be submittedelectronically or in hard copy by mail
or by fax to:
NEB Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations
Secretary of the Board
National Energy Board
517 Tenth Avenue, S.W.
Calgary, AB T2R 0A8
Facsimile 403-299-5503; 1-877-288-8803
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