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Farming activities and pipelines

Farming is the lifeblood of our communities. When working with landowners, we don’t want to impede your operations; we just want to keep families and communities safe, and that safety is a shared responsibility.

Most normal agricultural activities are permitted on the pipeline right-of-way, but some activities still require written consent to ensure the safety of everyone involved, either due to the depth of the activity, or the weight of the equipment involved.

Read the fact sheet for more information on pipeline safety for excavators and farmers.

Pipeline safety fact sheet

Agricultural Activities on a Natural Gas Right of Way


Examples of permitted activities

  • Plowing
  • Fertilizing
  • Disking
  • Harrowing
  • Cultivating
  • Seeding
  • Planting
  • Spraying
  • Tilling
  • Baling
  • Rolling
  • Harvesting

Examples of activities that require written consent

  • Brush clearing
  • Ditching
  • Trenching
  • Earth moving
  • Drainage ditch cleanout
  • Drain tile installation
  • Fencing/Landscaping
  • Augering
  • Using explosives
  • Any excavation or ground disturbance that removes or adds soil cover to the pipeline (including the right-of-way)

Did you know?

Standard farming activities no deeper than 45 cm can be completed without written consent from TC Energy.

Farm vehicles and equipment can cross the pipeline right-of-way without written consent from TC Energy if they are being used to perform an agricultural activity like growing crops or raising livestock and their loaded axle weight and tire pressure are within the manufacturer’s approved limits and operating guidelines.