Alliance Pipeline is federally regulated in Canada by the
National Energy Board (NEB). The
National Energy Board Act and its regulations, National Energy Board Pipeline Crossing Regulations,
Part I and
II, make a crossing agreement mandatory whenever an individual or company plans to dig or excavate within 30 meters of a transmission pipeline’s right-of-way or the NEB safety zone. A crossing agreement can be obtained from the pipeline’s operator.
Crossing agreements help ensure that pipeline operators know about upcoming crossings or excavation work so they can help prevent accidents. Unauthorized crossing or digging activities pose serious threats to workers and pipeline safety, and the safety of others nearby.
Not complying with this NEB regulatory requirement can now result in fines of up to $100,000 per day per violation through the
NEB's Administrative Monetary Penalties authority.
Alliance is required to report all violations of the NEB Pipeline Crossing Regulations to the NEB.