The written authorization of the operator of a pipeline to conduct activities in the vicinity of a pipeline may take the form of a crossing agreement or an approximation agreement. These often impose stricter conditions on the ground on disruptors than the minimum regulatory requirements. If the Alberta One-Call locates a high-pressure line on your property, this will be indicated on your Certificate of Location. If you intend to dig within 30 meters of the line, you will need a crossing or approximation agreement before starting the ditch. Pipelines that cross a provincial or national border are regulated by the National Energy Board. There are minor differences between provincial and federal regulations, but their intentions are similar. The requirements set out in this Section apply only to regulated provincial and federal pipelines. Mechanical excavators must not be used within 5 m of a provincially regulated line until the line has been manually exposed and is clearly visible. Mechanical equipment shall not be used within 600 mm of the cleared pipeline, except under the direct supervision of the pipeline operator. Mechanical excavation equipment must not be used within 3 m of a state-regulated pipeline until the pipeline has been discovered by hand and visible. It is the responsibility of the excavator to organise the roadside check when a tracking device is to operate on or next to roads with heavy traffic or near roads that pose a potential threat to the safety of workers. Often, construction activities, such as road construction or the exchange of curbs and gutters, require soil disturbance parallel to a buried utility.
In some special situations, the hand laying area may be greater than 1 m for buried electricity suppliers. The soil destroyer is informed of these situations by the landlord and in the location documentation. A geographical orientation ensures that the risks associated with each site are communicated to all those who arrive on the site. If a location orientation is required, please let Alberta One-Call know if you are requesting a location. They should allow sufficient time to complete both orientation and location within the prescribed time frame. The area 30 m on either side of a provincially regulated pipeline is a controlled area. The area 30 metres from the priority of a state-regulated pipeline is a safe zone. The operator of the pipeline must be informed of any intention to disturb the soil within the controlled zone or safety zone and the disruptor must request the location of the ground.
The fact that the ground is frozen does not mean that buried refueling services should not be discovered by hand and visible before a soil disturbance takes place. In situations where the ground is frozen, you can thaw the soil or use non-destructive excavation techniques acceptable to the buried utility operator. In many municipalities, it has become necessary to install flat power lines in a useful priority right over residential real estate. Unfortunately, most homeowners are not aware that there is a right of priority over their land. Since utility operators buried in supply law must have access to the right of way for maintenance and repair purposes, landowners are limited, which they can build and plant on a basic right of supply. . . .
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