The written authorization of the pipeline operator to carry out activities near an oil pipeline may take the form of a crossover or approach agreement. These often impose stricter conditions for the soil disruptor than the minimum requirements imposed by the rules. If Alberta One-Call locates a high-pressure pipeline on your property, it will be listed on your location bulletin. If you plan to dig within 30 m of the track, you will need a crossing or proximity agreement before you start digging. The fact that the ground is frozen does not mean that buried utilities do not need to be hand-exposed and visible before a soil disturbance occurs. In situations where the ground is frozen, you can thaw the soil or use non-destructive excavation techniques that are acceptable to the operator of the buried supply company. Mechanical excavation devices must not be used within 5 metres from a provincial gas pipeline until the pipeline has been exposed by hand and is clearly visible. Mechanical equipment should not be used within 600 mm of exposed piping, except under direct supervision by the pipeline operator. Mechanical excavation devices must not be used within 3 m from a Federally regulated pipeline until the pipeline is hand-exposed and visible.
The Alberta Pipeline and Regulations Act also requires anyone planning a soil disturbance to search an area of 30 m outside the boundaries of the proposed soil disturbance for the presence of pipelines. A pipeline priority in which the pipeline operator has the right to create pipelines and manage operations. If the proposed soil disturbance is within the priority line, the disruptor must obtain written authorization from the pipeline operator. COVID-19 Update: Alberta One-Call (AOC) experiences a large number of location requests that can cause delays in customers who have located their underground utilities. We appreciate your patience right now. Are you going to plant a tree? Build a bridge or fence? Digging a pond? Did you know that you will have to find your services underground in front of the ditch? Within the province, pipelines that carry fossil fuels, such as natural gas, oil and gas liquids, water and water disposal lines, or other power lines related to an energy-related project, under the Alberta Regulator Pipeline Act, fall under the jurisdiction of the Alberta Energy Energy (AER). The area 30 metres on both sides of a provincial pipeline is a controlled area. The area 30 metres from the priority of a federally regulated pipeline is a safe zone. The pipeline operator must be informed of any intention to disturb the ground within the controlled area or the safety zone, and the disruptor must request locations.