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Proposed Regulations Amending the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999 in Canada Gazette, Part I, 30 day comment period [PDF 65 KB]

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29 October 2012

To: Oil and Gas Pipeline Companies under the Jurisdiction of the National Energy Board and Interested Parties

Proposed Regulations Amending the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999 in Canada Gazette, Part I, 30 day comment period

The proposed Regulations Amending the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999 (proposed Regulations) were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on 27 October 2012.

The proposed Regulations and the associated Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (RIAS) are available on the Canada Gazette website:

  • under 'Recent Publications', click on "Part I Notices and Proposed Regulations";
  • look under Part I, October 27, 2012, Vol. 146, No. 43;
  • the proposed Regulations and RIAS are on pages 3037–3048.

With the publication of the proposed Regulations there is now a 30 day comment period. Interested parties may submit comments concerning the proposed Regulations to the National Energy Board (the Board or NEB) by Wednesday 28 November 2012.

The purpose of the proposed Regulations is to provide greater clarity and to consolidate management system requirements in all areas for which a company is responsible to meet its obligations under the National Energy Board Act and the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999 - safety, pipeline integrity, security, emergency management and environmental protection. The proposed Regulations also clarify requirements concerning emergency management and security programs.

Protection of the environment and safety of the public and the workers who build and operate pipelines regulated by the NEB are priorities of the Board. Carefully designed and well-implemented management systems, as well as related programs, are essential to protect the environment and keep people safe.

The NEB requires pipeline companies to anticipate, prevent, manage and mitigate potentially dangerous conditions associated with their pipelines. As part of this requirement, the NEB expects regulated companies to demonstrate a proactive commitment to continual improvement in safety, security and environmental protection, and to promote a positive safety culture as part of their management systems. The proposed Regulations clarify how the Board expects regulated companies to demonstrate this commitment.

Questions and Answers for the proposed Regulations can be found on the NEB website at www.neb-one.gc.ca.

All comments submitted concerning the proposed Regulations must cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, the date of publication (27 October 2012), and be addressed to:

Alan Pentney
National Energy Board
444 Seventh Avenue SW
Calgary Alberta  T2P 0X8

Fax: 1-877-288-8803
Email: onshorepipelineregs@neb-one.gc.ca

Comments must be provided in writing and may be submitted by mail, fax or email by Wednesday 28 November 2012.

For questions related to the proposed Regulations, please contact Shannon Vollema at 403-299-3651 or 1-800-899-1265.

Yours truly,

Sheri Young
Secretary of the Board

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