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Working near our pipelines

Working near high-pressure pipelines and energy facilities is not the time to take shortcuts

Remember, any of the following activities require written consent from TC Energy. Failure to obtain written consent can result in serious consequences.

  • any ground disturbance within 30 metres of the centerline of the pipe;
  • construction of a facility on a pipeline right-of-way;
  • or vehicle or mobile equipment crossing the pipeline right-of-way.

If your project goes ahead without proper approval from the pipeline operator, you are at risk of damaging the pipeline, creating an unsafe situation, and possible fines and penalties from regulators.

Why take the risk?

To help you in your planning, either before you contact the pipeline operator or while collaborating with a pipeline representative, we have some useful guidelines for Development near our pipelines and facilities.

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Start with a local request

Every province has a service that will help identify the approximate location and depth of underground utilities. Locate requests must be made at least three working days in advance (five in Ontario) of the work beginning. Visit ClickBeforeYouDig.com to learn more and find your local One-Call Centre.

Once you've made a request, the One-Call Centre will notify TC Energy to send a representative to mark the facilities with flags, paint or other markings. The TC Energy representative will explain the significance of the markings and provide you with a copy of the locate report.

The service is free and could prevent accidents, injuries or deaths.

Major developments on or near pipeline facilities

Larger projects can require more than three days notice to gain approval.

It is important for municipal authorities, developers and landowners to consult with TC Energy early in the planning stage of a development project on or near a right-of-way.

This will allow TC Energy sufficient time to ensure pipelines and facilities are appropriately incorporated into the plan and that any new development near our facilities meets regulatory and TC Energy requirements. Our involvement in planning can help to avoid delays and save costs by leveraging our previous success in working with developers and municipalities.

A pipeline representative must be present before beginning work on the right-of-way


Life-saving information