Excavating Near Pipelines

 
  From the March 19, 2018 Issue of Agri-News
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 As rural Albertans gear up for another season of farming, Inter Pipeline joins the rest of the nation in observing Agricultural Safety Week and would like to take this opportunity to remind Albertans of the importance of clicking or calling before you dig.

Inter Pipeline is committed to making the safety of its pipeline system top priority. If you are planning to dig or excavate, even if it is just putting in a fence post within 30 metres, or 100 feet, of a pipeline, please take the time to know what’s below before you begin, and call or Click Before You Dig. This free service locates buried utilities and pipelines on your property, so you can work safely.

Click Before You Dig:

  • Submit your locate request. A minimum of two full working days notice is required.
  • Alberta One‐Call will assign a ticket number to your locate request and notify the owners of the buried facilities within the vicinity of the dig site.
  • Within two full working days, buried facility operators are expected to:
    • Identify and mark the location of their buried facilities;
    • Provide clearance to proceed with your project without a locate; or
    • Contact you to arrange a mutually acceptable time to meet on site.
Ground Disturbance:

Ground disturbance or displacement of the soil in agriculture is cultivation to a depth of more than 45 centimetres below the ground surface over a pipeline, or hand-digging to a depth of no more than 30 centimetres below the ground surface, so long as it does not permanently remove cover over a buried facility.

Anyone conducting ground disturbance within 30 meters of the centerline of the pipeline requires notification. Ground disturbance within a pipeline right-of-way (ROW) or, within 5 meters of the centerline of a pipeline requires written approval from the pipeline owner.

Controlled Area:

Inter Pipeline believes that companies and communities have a shared responsibility in damage prevention and public safety when it comes to digging or excavating in the vicinity of buried infrastructure. Should you see any heavy equipment working over or near pipelines on your property, or experience an unusual petroleum odour, please contact the facility owner.

For more information, visit Inter Pipeline: Living Near a Pipeline. For more information about the Alberta Farm Safety Program, contact farm.safety@gov.ab.ca.

Contact:
Nicole Hornett
403-984-8524

 
 
 
 
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This information published to the web on March 12, 2018.