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B.C. Reg. 281/2010
Oil and Gas Commission
Deposited September 24, 2010
effective October 4, 2010, except s. 7 (1) (b) and (d)
s. 7 (1) (b) and (d) effective October 4, 2011

Oil and Gas Activities Act

Pipeline Regulation

Note: Check the Cumulative Regulation Bulletin 2015 and 2016
for any non-consolidated amendments to this regulation that may be in effect.

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 147/2014, October 1, 2014]

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Contents
1Definitions
2Applications for a pipeline permit
3Standards
4Notices and other submissions
5Requirements after construction of pipeline
6Pipeline crossings
7Integrity management and damage prevention programs
8Repealed
9Deactivation
10Reactivation
11Obligations on cancellation or cessation of operations
12Reports
13Record retention
14Exemptions

Definitions

1  (1) In this regulation:

"abandon", in respect of a pipeline or piping, means permanently to remove from service;

"Act" means the Oil and Gas Activities Act;

"CSA Z662" means the standard published by the Canadian Standards Association as CSA Z662, Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems, as amended from time to time.

[am. B.C. Reg. 147/2014, Sch. 2, s. 2.]

Applications for a pipeline permit

2  The following information and records must be submitted on application for a pipeline permit:

(a) if a fluid containing hydrogen sulphide gas is to be transported in the pipeline,

(i) the chemical analysis of the gas or fluid to be transported, and

(ii) the expected release volume, expressed at standard conditions of 15° C and 101.3 kPa, of hydrogen sulphide from the pipeline;

(b) a map clearly showing

(i) the proposed route of the pipeline,

(ii) if the pipeline is to be constructed on private lands, the boundaries of the land of each land owner,

(iii) surface and environmental features and structures, including stream crossings and lakes, and

(iv) the right of way of a highway, road, railway, underground communication or power line or other pipeline to be crossed or within 500 metres of the proposed pipeline.

Standards

3  (1) Subject to subsection (2), a pipeline permit holder must not design, construct, operate or maintain any of the following except in accordance with CSA Z662:

(a) the pipeline that is the subject of the permit;

(b) a pumping station or compressor station associated with the pipeline;

(c) an oil storage tank associated with the pipeline.

(2) A pipeline permit holder who constructs a pipeline under agricultural land must ensure the pipeline has a minimum cover of 0.8 metres.

(3) Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 147/2014, Sch. 2, s. 3.]

[am. B.C. Reg. 147/2014, Sch. 2, s. 3.]

Notices and other submissions

4  (1) A pipeline permit holder must notify the commission

(a) at least 2 days before beginning construction of a pipeline of its intention to begin construction,

(b) at least 2 days before beginning a pressure test of a pipeline of its intention to begin testing, and

(c) before beginning operation of a pipeline of its intention to begin operation.

(2) A pipeline permit holder must submit to the commission the pipe and component specifications and the as-built drawings for the pipeline within 3 months after completion of construction of a pipeline.

[am. B.C. Reg. 147/2014, Sch. 2, s. 4.]

Requirements after construction of pipeline

5  (1) Before beginning operation of a pipeline, a pipeline permit holder must do all of the following:

(a) test the pipeline in accordance with CSA Z662;

(b) inspect and test all control and safety devices to ensure that the devices are in good working order;

(c) take any other steps reasonably necessary to ensure that the pipeline is safe for use.

(2) A pipeline permit holder must restore, in accordance with subsection (3), the surface of the land disturbed by the construction of a pipeline by

(a) removing all structures installed to facilitate construction and not required for the operation of the pipeline, and

(b) stabilizing, contouring, conditioning or reconstructing the surface of the land to the extent reasonable in the circumstances.

(3) Restoration work under subsection (2) must be carried out

(a) as soon as practicable, considering, without limitation, weather and ground conditions, while construction of the pipeline is underway, and,

(b) with respect to any restoration work not completed when construction of the pipeline is completed, as soon as practicable after construction of the pipeline is completed.

Pipeline crossings

6  (1) If a pipeline is being or has been constructed across, along, over or under a public place or the right of way of a highway, road, railway, underground communication or power line or other pipeline, the pipeline permit holder must

(a) take all reasonable steps so as not to endanger public safety or the environment, and

(b) restore, to the extent reasonable in the circumstances, any infrastructure damaged or removed during the construction of the pipeline.

(2) A pipeline permit holder must give notice in accordance with subsection (3) before beginning any work of construction, maintenance or repair of a pipeline along, over or under a public place or the right of way of a highway, road, railway, underground communication or power line or other pipeline.

(3) A notice under subsection (2) must

(a) be given to the owner of or authority responsible for the public place, highway, road, railway, underground communication line, power line or pipeline, and

(b) subject to subsection (4), be given at least 5 days before beginning the work, unless the pipeline permit holder and the owner or authority have agreed that the notice is to be provided by another time, in which case the notice must be provided by that other time.

(4) In the case of emergency, work referred to in subsection (1) may be begun immediately after giving notice under subsection (2).

Integrity management and damage prevention programs

7  (1) A pipeline permit holder must not operate a pipeline approved by the permit unless

(a) the holder has prepared a pipeline integrity management program for the pipeline that complies with CSA Z662 and Annex N of CSA Z662,

(b) the holder has prepared a damage prevention program for the purpose of anticipating and preventing damage to the permit holder's pipeline,

(c) the pipeline is operated in accordance with the pipeline integrity management program and the damage prevention program,

(d) the holder is a member of BC One Call.

(2) A pipeline permit holder, on the request of an official, must make available to the commission a copy of the pipeline integrity management program required under subsection (1) (a) or a description of the damage prevention program required under subsection (1) (b).

Repealed

8  Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 204/2013, s. 5.]

Deactivation

9  If a pipeline permit holder has not transported fluids through the holder's permitted pipeline or part of a pipeline for 18 consecutive months, the pipeline permit holder must

(a) submit a plan for resuming the transportation of fluids through the pipeline, or

(b) deactivate the pipeline or part of the pipeline in accordance with CSA Z662 and notify the commission on completion of the deactivation.

Reactivation

10  (1) A pipeline permit holder of a deactivated pipeline system may reactivate the pipeline, but must do so in accordance with CSA Z662.

(2) Before reactivating a pipeline, the pipeline permit holder must

(a) notify the commission of the intention to carry out the reactivation, and

(b) if the permit or a permission in a permit relating to the deactivated pipeline has been suspended, request that the suspension be rescinded.

Obligations on cancellation or cessation of operations

11  The following requirements are prescribed with respect to a pipeline permit for the purposes of section 40 (e) of the Act:

(a) abandon the pipeline in accordance with CSA Z662;

(b) do everything referred to in section 19 (1) (a) to (g) of the Environmental Protection and Management Regulation.

[am. B.C. Reg. 147/2014, Sch. 2, s. 5.]

Reports

12  A pipeline permit holder must maintain records of any spillage and any damage or malfunction likely to cause spillage that could be a risk to public safety or the environment.

[am. B.C. Reg. 147/2014, Sch. 2, s. 6.]

Record retention

13  A pipeline permit holder must comply with the record retention requirements set out in CSA Z662 and Annex N of CSA Z662.

[am. B.C. Reg. 147/2014, Sch. 2, s. 7.]

Exemptions

14  An official may exempt a pipeline permit holder or former pipeline permit holder from complying with one or more provisions of this regulation if the official is satisfied that, in the circumstances,

(a) compliance with the provision or provisions is not reasonably practicable, or

(b) the exemption is in the public interest.

[am. B.C. Reg. 147/2014, Sch. 2, s. 8.]

[Provisions relevant to the enactment of this regulation: Oil and Gas Activities Act, S.B.C. 2008, c. 36, sections 111 and 112]