Can you spot the pipeline right-of-way? Take our quiz!

After an underground pipeline is builtthe land is returned to a condition as close to pre-construction as possible. However, a right-of-way will never look exactly the same as it did before because certain activities, like planting trees, could damage the pipeline.

How do pipeline routes look different from the surrounding land?

Pipeline companies pride themselves on the success of their post-construction reclamation efforts, but it’s still important that people can tell where there is an underground pipeline. That way it’s clear that special care must be taken in that area. Here are some of the telltale signs:

  • Markers along the route identify it as a pipeline right-of-way (also known as a ROW)
  • The area has limited trees
  • Agricultural activity is limited
  • There are no buildings

Think you’ve got it all figured out? Take this quiz to see if you can tell which of the photos show a right-of-way, and which don’t:

Can you recognize where a pipeline was built?

Now that you have a good idea of how to recognize a pipeline right-of-way, keep your eyes peeled. With thousands of kilometres of underground pipelines spanning the country, you are likely to cross a ROW soon!