Unauthorized digging by contractors, farmers and homeowners is the leading cause of pipeline accidents. Before beginning any type of construction activity on the pipeline 'right-of-way' (ROW) or within the '30 metres Prescribed Area' written permission from TQM Pipeline must be obtained. See 'Excavation' for more information.
Click here to view a diagram of a pipeline right-of-way cross section (as defined by the National Energy Board)
Permission must also be obtained when crossing the pipeline with heavy machinery, or performing construction activities over top of the pipeline. See 'Pipeline Crossings' for more information.
TQM's Damage Prevention program aims to prevent unauthorized activity on the right-of-way. The following activities are included in the Program:
- Aerial Patrol
- Public Awareness
- Urban Development
The focus of these elements is to detect and prevent unauthorized activities, and also to plan the development of land around the pipeline in such a way that it reduces the risk of damage and enhances the safety of the public.
How you can Help
Advise others to contact us before performing any activity that might damage our pipeline.
Contact us if you observe any drilling, excavating, or blasting in the vicinity of our pipeline that you believe we may not be aware of.