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Oil and Gas Activities Act

Pipeline and Liquefied Natural Gas Facility Regulation

B.C. Reg. 281/2010

NOTE: Links below go to reg content as it was prior to the changes made on the effective date. (PIT covers changes made from September 19, 2009 to present)
SECTIONEFFECTIVE DATE
Title July 21, 2014
Section 1 July 21, 2014
Section 3 July 21, 2014
March 9, 2020
Section 4 July 21, 2014
March 9, 2020
Section 5 March 9, 2020
Section 7 March 9, 2020
Section 8 October 1, 2014
Section 9 March 9, 2020
Section 10 March 9, 2020
Section 11 July 21, 2014
March 9, 2020
Section 12 July 21, 2014
Section 13 July 21, 2014
Section 14 July 21, 2014

 Title BEFORE re-enacted by BC Reg 147/2014, effective July 21, 2014.

Pipeline and Liquefied Natural Gas Facility Regulation

 Section 1 definitions of "CSA Z276", "LNG facility permit" and "LNG facility permit holder" BEFORE repealed by BC Reg 147/2014, effective July 21, 2014.

"CSA Z276" means the standard published by the Canadian Standards Association as CSA Z276, Liquefied Natural Gas-Production, Storage and Handling, as amended from time to time;

"LNG facility permit" means a permit that includes permission to operate a liquid natural gas facility;

"LNG facility permit holder" means a permit holder of a LNG facility permit.

 Section 3 (3) BEFORE repealed by BC Reg 147/2014, effective July 21, 2014.

(3) A LNG facility permit holder must not design, construct, operate or maintain a liquefied natural gas facility except in accordance with CSA Z276, unless otherwise specified in this regulation.

 Section 3 (1) (part) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 54/2020, effective March 9, 2020.

(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:

 Section 4 (1) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 147/2014, effective July 21, 2014.

(1) A pipeline permit holder and an LNG facility permit holder must notify the commission

(a) at least 2 days before beginning construction of a pipeline or liquid natural gas facility 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 or liquid natural gas facility of its intention to begin operation.

 Section 4 (2) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 54/2020, effective March 9, 2020.

(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.

 Section 4 (3) was added by BC Reg 54/2020, effective March 9, 2020.

 Section 5 (4) was added by BC Reg 54/2020, effective March 9, 2020.

 Section 7 BEFORE re-enacted by BC Reg 54/2020, effective March 9, 2020.

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).

 Section 8 BEFORE repealed by BC Reg 204/2013, effective October 1, 2014.

Emergency planning zones and response plans

8   If fluids to be transported through a pipeline will contain hydrogen sulphide, the pipeline permit holder, before beginning operation, must

(a) calculate an emergency planning zone,

(b) prepare an emergency response plan respecting the zone referred to in paragraph (a),

(c) submit the plan to the commission, and

(d) in the case of an emergency, respond to the emergency in accordance with the plan.

 Section 9 BEFORE re-enacted by BC Reg 54/2020, effective March 9, 2020.

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.

 Section 10 BEFORE re-enacted by BC Reg 54/2020, effective March 9, 2020.

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.

 Section 11 BEFORE amended by BC Reg 147/2014, effective July 21, 2014.

Obligations on cancellation or cessation of operations

11   The following requirements are prescribed with respect to a pipeline permit and an LNG facility 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.

 Section 11 BEFORE re-enacted by BC Reg 54/2020, effective March 9, 2020.

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.]

 Section 12 BEFORE amended by BC Reg 147/2014, effective July 21, 2014.

Reports

12   A pipeline permit holder and an LNG facility 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.

 Section 13 BEFORE amended by BC Reg 147/2014, effective July 21, 2014.

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 and an LNG facility permit holder must comply with the record retention requirements set out in CSA Z276.

 Section 14 BEFORE amended by BC Reg 147/2014, effective July 21, 2014.

Exemptions

14   An official may exempt a pipeline permit holder, former pipeline permit holder, LNG facility permit holder or former LNG facility 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.