What happens when a pipeline runs through a city?

Sometimes CEPA member pipelines operate near or through urban centres to deliver energy to storage facilities, energy distributors or electricity generation stations. These pipelines operate under strict safety and environmental regulations.

CEPA members deliver energy to urban centres across Canada.

Routing through existing rights-of-way

In communities and urban centres, CEPA members try to route the pipeline along existing roads or other utility rights-of-way. These corridors have some key advantages – they offer easy access for inspection and maintenance, and the public is already aware that infrastructure is there.

By following existing utility rights-of-way, CEPA members can repurpose areas where activity already occurs.

Pipelines identifier sign

Pipelines are clearly identified. Photo courtesy of Kinder Morgan

Replacing lines to increase safety

The rapid growth in many urban centres sometimes encroaches on pipelines that were built in 1950s and 1960s. For instance, the Urban Pipeline Replacement Project in Calgary and Edmonton is relocating pipelines to designated utility corridors along the major roads. The new routes will allow for greater protection and easier inspection and maintenance.

Protecting pipelines in all communities

To prevent a cause of incidents – damage by third-party excavators like construction crews or homebuilders – most provinces have a One-Call Centre and/or a Call or Click Before You Dig program. Anyone who is planning an excavation project must use these programs to request underground infrastructure be located. A technician will come to the site and marks the location of all underground pipelines.

Call/Click Before You Dig helps reduce incidents caused by third party damage.

Click Before You Dig

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