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B.C. Reg. 281/2010
Oil and Gas Commission
Deposited September 24, 2010
effective October 4, 2010, except
section 7 (1) (b) and (d) effective October 4, 2011
This consolidation is current to October 27, 2020.
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Oil and Gas Activities Act

Pipeline Regulation

[Last amended March 9, 2020 by B.C. Reg. 54/2020]

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, maintain, deactivate, reactivate or abandon any of the following except in accordance with CSA Z662 and Annex A of 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. Regs. 147/2014, Sch. 2, s. 3; 54/2020, s. 1.]

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) Within 60 days after a pipeline permit holder completes construction of the pipeline and all associated activities, the holder must prepare and submit to the commission post-construction plot plans showing the location of the pipeline and all associated oil and gas activities.

(3) Within 90 days after a pipeline permit holder completes construction of or any permitted modifications to the pipeline, the holder must

(a) prepare record drawings,

(b) have the record drawings signed and sealed by a professional engineer who is licensed or registered under the Engineers and Geoscientists Act, and

(c) submit to the commission

(i) the record drawings, and

(ii) the pipe and component specifications.

[am. B.C. Regs. 147/2014, Sch. 2, s. 4; 54/2020, s. 2.]

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.

(4) A pipeline permit holder must ensure that, after the pipeline is constructed, the right of way is kept free of garbage, debris and derelict equipment.

[am. B.C. Reg. 54/2020, s. 3.]

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) In this section:

"damage prevention program" means the program referred to in subsection (3);

"pipeline integrity management program" means the program referred to in subsection (2).

(2) A pipeline permit holder must not construct a pipeline approved by the permit unless the holder has first prepared a pipeline integrity management program

(a) for the construction, operation, maintenance, repair, deactivation and abandonment of the pipeline, and

(b) that complies with CSA Z662.

(3) A pipeline permit holder must not operate a pipeline approved by the permit unless the holder has first prepared a damage prevention program for the purpose of anticipating and preventing damage to the permit holder's pipeline.

(4) A pipeline permit holder must not operate a pipeline approved by the permit unless the pipeline is operated in accordance with the pipeline integrity management program and the damage prevention program.

(5) A pipeline permit holder must not construct, operate, maintain, repair, deactivate or abandon a pipeline approved by the permit, unless

(a) the entirety of the pipeline is above ground, or

(b) the holder is a member of BC One Call and the holder's records with BC One Call are current.

(6) On the request of an official, a pipeline permit holder must make the following available to the commission as requested:

(a) a copy of the pipeline integrity management program;

(b) a description of the damage prevention program.

[en. B.C. Reg. 54/2020, s. 4.]

Repealed

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

Deactivation

9   (1) For the purposes of this section, a permit holder's permitted pipeline is deemed to be inactive if

(a) the pipeline permit holder has not transported fluids through the holder's permitted pipeline or part of that pipeline for 18 consecutive months, or

(b) more than 18 months have passed since construction of the holder's permitted pipeline was completed and the pipeline permit holder has not begun to transport fluids through that pipeline or part of that pipeline.

(2) Subject to subsection (3), within 18 months after the date on which a permit holder's permitted pipeline is deemed to be inactive, the pipeline permit holder must

(a) deactivate the pipeline or part of the pipeline, and

(b) notify the commission on completion of the deactivation.

(3) Subsection (2) does not apply if, before the end of the 18 month period, the commission receives from the pipeline permit holder, and approves, one of the following:

(a) a plan for resuming or commencing the transportation of fluids through the pipeline, as applicable;

(b) a plan to complete deactivation after the end of the 18 month period.

(4) A pipeline permit holder must implement a plan approved under subsection (3).

[en. B.C. Reg. 54/2020, s. 5.]

Reactivation

10   (1) Before reactivating a pipeline, the pipeline permit holder must notify the commission of the intention to carry out the reactivation.

(2) For greater certainty, if a permit relating to a deactivated pipeline has been suspended, the pipeline may not be reactivated unless the suspension is rescinded.

[en. B.C. Reg. 54/2020, s. 5.]

Obligations on cancellation or cessation of operations

11   (1) For the purposes of section 40 (e) of the Act, a pipeline permit holder, a former pipeline permit holder, a pipeline authorization holder or a former pipeline authorization holder, as the case may be, must abandon the pipeline.

(2) A pipeline permit holder who intends to abandon a pipeline on Crown land must do everything referred to in section 19 (1) of the Environmental Protection and Management Regulation.

[en. B.C. Reg. 54/2020, 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, ss. 111 and 112.]