Environmental Protection


At the NEB, the environment is a focal point.

Pipeline companies must follow the NEB Act and regulations, and any federal, provincial, or municipal requirements that apply when planning a project in Canada.

Environmental protection can include habitat, wildlife, vegetation, and agriculture protection. 

And it controls things like air emissions and water crossings.

We manage environmental issues through all phases of a pipeline project.

In application; the public can submit info and concerns which may lead to added measures being taken.

Following guidelines in the NEBs Filing Manual, companies also must submit an Environmental Protection Plan showing how the environment will be protected during construction.  

NEB’s environmental specialists then review the project.  They look at factors like:

  • vegetation
  • wetlands and water crossings
  • wildlife and species at risk
  • heritage resources
  • and traditional use

In the end, the NEB will add any project conditions needed to ensure environmental protection.

During construction, habitat and water quality must be protected.

And companies must report on the revegetation of the construction area after, and resolve issues.

Environmental inspections are done during construction and when pipelines are operating as well. Inspectors look at things like:

  • Soil handling and erosion control
  • Weed control
  • Chemical storage and
  • waste management

And finally, the NEB ensures the environment is protected, even when a pipeline is no longer needed.

Want to learn more about environmental protection and the roles of the NEB?

You can find more information on our webpage.

For more information on the NEB, please see our other videos or contact the NEB directly.

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