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Planning Your Project

Whether you are a contractor or homeowner, planning general landscaping projects or major construction work, it is your responsibility to ensure you are not digging or encroaching on natural gas facilities.

Any work activity within a SaskEnergy Right-of-Way or within 1.5 metres of a pipeline if no Right-of-Way exists will require permission from SaskEnergy before work can proceed.


How to get started

  • Go to clickbeforeyoudig.com to request an underground line locate - free of charge.
  • Thoroughly review the record of locate once the underground lines have been marked.
  • If a pipeline has been identified in the work area, review the following information to determine how to obtain approval.

How to Proceed
(choose one of the options below)

Is your proposed work...

  • construction of a road, street, pathway, lane, pavement, or parking area? AND/OR
  • on behalf of a public utility, municipality, city, or railway?

If yes, permission from SaskEnergy is required.


Is your proposed work...

  • on a property or parcel of land that does not have a natural gas service connection (ie. alleyway, greenspace, ditch) but SaskEnergy pipelines are still present?

If yes, permission from SaskEnergy is required.


Is your proposed work...

  • on a property that has a natural gas service connection?

If yes, permission is authorized provided:

  • the work to be completed appears on the list of activities below; AND
  • allowable conditions are met and maintained.

Introduction: Safe Work Planning and Facility Crossing

Effective April 4, 2018

Contained below is a list of activities and installations SaskEnergy is prepared to authorize within the Right of Way or 1.5 metre set back area, without further application or consent ("Permission"), provided the terms and conditions set out herein are met and maintained. If you (the "Grantee") do not have SaskEnergy´s agreement in writing, any activity or installation which is not expressly allowed herein is prohibited and is deemed undertaken without SaskEnergy´s Permission.

All SaskEnergy Pipelines have certain legislated protections. Section 36 of The SaskEnergy Act has historically precluded buildings or other structures over a Pipeline. Pursuant to Section 7.1 of The SaskEnergy Regulations, Site Disturbances in proximity to a SaskEnergy Pipeline requires Permission from SaskEnergy prior to proceeding. Permission is required of SaskEnergy when working within the Right of Way or within 1.5 metres of the Pipeline if no Right of Way exists. The relevant provisions of The SaskEnergy Act and The SaskEnergy Regulations are appended as Addendum "A".

These protections are similar in nature to the protections historically in place for other types of pipeline by statute, with or without a Right of Way, and to those which are incorporated into most Right of Way agreements. In the event of a conflict between this Appendix, and a written Easement, Right of Way or permission to construct agreement, the written agreement shall govern. Provided that, if consent of SaskEnergy would be otherwise required, no damages shall be payable by SaskEnergy with respect to Work or Installations authorized herein except in accordance with the terms hereof.

Prior to commencing Work, the Grantee shall arrange for an underground line locate by contacting Sask 1st Call. Line locates require a minimum of two full working days´ notice.

All distances and locations herein are relative to the Pipeline not the line locate marker. Line locate markers (flags, stakes or paint) are deemed accurate if placed within one metre horizontal distance from the Pipeline, pursuant to Section 57 of The SaskEnergy Act. Exposure of the Pipeline by hand or hydro-vac is required if the precise location of the Pipeline needs to be determined.


Site Disturbance Work Types and Definitions

The following capitalized terms/Site Disturbance Work types are listed in order of presentation herein, and shall have the meanings provided below:

Fence:
A Fence consists of posts and an associated barrier, and includes panel privacy fences, chain link fences, picket fences, barbed wire fences, corrals, and other like structures.

Minor Landscaping:
Minor Landscaping includes excavation or other activity where the depth of cover over the Pipeline is maintained or restored following excavation. Minor Landscaping may include the placement of lawns, crops, dirt or gravel pads, flower beds or gardens.

Major Landscaping:
Major Landscaping consists of paving, concrete, berms, ponds, pits, retaining walls, site grading, inground pools or, without limiting the foregoing, any activity that reduces the depth of cover over the Pipeline, either in one occurrence or over time.

Planting Trees:
Planting Trees includes the planting or relocation of trees or shrubs.

Simple Structure:
A Simple Structure includes anchors, posts or poles, and other like structures (not for the purpose of a Fence).

Unenclosed Structure:
Unenclosed Structures are open to atmosphere in such a way as to minimize the risk of trapping natural gas, this includes many types of unenclosed decks, gazebos, above ground pools, towers or other like structures.

Enclosed Structure:
An Enclosed Structure is a structure that is covered or enclosed and may trap gas; including without limitation, a shed, greenhouse, grain bin, tank, hot tub or other like structure.

Building:
Buildings are Enclosed Structures that have a Foundation, are inhabitable, are wired for electricity, contain potential sources of gas ignition, or are greater than 10 square metres in size. Buildings include, but are not limited to, garages, large storage sheds, houses and businesses or additions thereto, sunrooms, workshops, barns, or Quonsets.

Culvert:
Culverts are structures that allow water to flow under a road, railroad, trail, or similar obstruction from one side to the other side.

Demolition:
Demolition means the tearing down, destroying, breaking up or razing of a Building or other structure, or of the outer walls or principal supporting members of a Building or other structure.

Seismic or Oil & Gas Activities:
Seismic includes all field activities included with the gathering of seismic information. Oil & Gas Activities include Work and Installations associated with oil and gas gathering, production and transportation. This includes but is not limited to the drilling of wells, building of access roads, preparation and building of site civil work, installation of Pipelines, powerlines and foundations to support.

Facility Crossings:
Facility Crossings are power cables, telephone cables, gas pipelines, water pipelines, and like linear installations installed by or on behalf of the Customer. Facility Crossings exclude any facilities installed by a public utility provider or municipality or owned by a party other than the Customer or the private landowner.

Other Definitions

Appendix: Appendix means this Appendix F to SaskEnergy´s Terms & Conditions of Service Schedule.

Cultivation: Cultivation means tillage or preparation of soil by mechanical agitation.

Customer: Customer means a Customer under SaskEnergy´s Terms & Conditions of Service Schedule, and includes without limitation a person who accepts, uses or receives a service from SaskEnergy.

Directly Over: Directly Over means above the Pipeline where the location of the Pipeline has been confirmed through hydro-vac or hand excavation. For excavation where the Pipeline has not been exposed, Directly Over means within 1 metre of the route of the line locate markers (flags, stakes or paint ) in either direction.

Easement: An Easement is a non-possessory right to use and/or enter onto the real property of another without possessing it. It is best typified in the Right of Way which one landowner, A, may enjoy over the land of another, B.

Farm Cultivation: Farm Cultivation means Cultivation on lands dedicated to the production of crops for sale, of commercial livestock or of commercial livestock feed.

Foundation: A Foundation is the element of a structure which connects it to the ground, and transfers loads from the structure to the ground. Concrete or like bases containing footings, piles, or which have a thickness greater than 15cm at any point are to be considered Foundations.

Grantee: Grantee means any party, other than SaskEnergy, performing Work within the Safety Zone.

Ground Disturbance: : Ground Disturbance means any work, operation or activity that results in a disturbance of the earth, including excavating, digging, trenching, cultivating, drilling, tunneling, augering, backfilling, blasting, topsoil stripping, land levelling, peat removing, quarrying, clearing and grading.

Main or Main Pipeline: A Pipeline which crosses multiple Parcel boundaries, or which is intended to serve more than one Parcel.

Mechanical Excavation: Mechanical Excavation means any Ground Disturbance that is undertaken other than by hand digging or other means approved by SaskEnergy (i.e. hydro-vac), but does not include a Ground Disturbance undertaken for the purpose of Cultivation.

Parcel: A legal parcel, or a condominium plan, but does not include a condominium unit.

Pipeline: Pipeline means SaskEnergy natural gas pipelines and equipment and facilities ancillary thereto, including but not limited to valves, meters, and regulators.

Permission: Means SaskEnergy consent under its Terms & Conditions of Service Schedule, The SaskEnergy Act, and The SaskEnergy Regulations, or an easement or agreement, as qualified herein.

Right of Way: Right of Way means a strip of land in which a Pipeline is located. An urban Right of Way typically takes the form of an Easement registered on the property title, and can be ascertained from the land titles registry. A Right of Way is typically 3 metres wide in the yards of most urban homes. Rural Right of Ways can be registered or unregistered (Information Services Corporation), and may not show up on title. An unregistered rural Easement, such as found in the yards of most rural homes, is typically 10 metres wide (5 metres on each side of the Pipeline).

Safety Zone: The area within a Right of Way or 1.5 metres from the Pipeline, on either side, where no Right of Way exists, wherein consent of the Corporation is required for a Site Disturbance.

Service or Service Pipeline: A line from a Main Pipeline to a service location, which serves a single Parcel.

Site Disturbance: Site Disturbance includes:

  1. any excavation, drilling, installing or erecting of any pit, well, foundation, pavement, Building or other structure or installation;
  2. any Ground Disturbance that reduces the depth of cover over the Pipeline to a depth that is less than the cover provided when the Pipeline was installed;
  3. Mechanical Excavation below 0.30 metres in depth or over a Pipeline;
  4. Cultivation below 0.30 metres in depth or Farm Cultivation below 0.45 metres in depth; and
  5. the tearing down, destroying, breaking up or razing of a structure or of the outer walls or principal supporting members of a structure.

"Work" or "Installations": Means any activity or installation in the Right of Way or within 1.5 metres of a Pipeline if no Right of Way exists, which requires the consent of SaskEnergy.



Fences

A Fence consists of posts and an associated barrier, and includes panel privacy fences, chain link fences, picket fences, barbed wire fences, corrals, and other like structures.

Considerations:

  • Notwithstanding anything herein, Fences within the Right of Way or 1.5 metres of the Pipeline where no Right of Way exists may be removed by SaskEnergy at the Grantee or owner´s expense if access is required to construct, inspect, maintain, alter, replace or repair the Pipeline, or if a safety concern arises.
  • Fence posts should be placed in locations greater than 0.6 metres from natural gas Pipelines.

Allowed with Conditions:

  • Fence panels less than 2.5 metres in height may extend over Pipelines.
  • Fence posts may be placed with a powered auger or post pounder if the offset is more than 0.6 metres from the Pipeline.
  • Fence posts may be placed at a 0.3 metres minimum offset from the Pipeline if post holes are hydro-vac excavated or hand dug.
  • Mechanical Excavation or post pounding is allowed within 0.6 metres from the Pipeline, only if the exact pipe location is visually verified by hand digging, or hydro-vac excavation.

Prohibited:

  • Any Fence not meeting the "allowed" criteria above, including:
    • Fences greater than 2.5 metres in height over Pipeline; and
    • Fence post within .3 metres of Pipeline.

Minor Landscaping

Minor Landscaping includes excavation or other activity where the depth of cover over the Pipeline is maintained or restored following excavation. Minor Landscaping may include the placement of lawns, crops, dirt or gravel pads, flower beds or gardens.

Considerations:

  • Minor Landscaping and Cultivation to a depth of 0.3 metres (and Farm Cultivation to a depth of 0.45 metres) does not require the consent of SaskEnergy. Minor Landscaping will be restored by SaskEnergy so far as it is practicable to do so, at SaskEnergy´s expense, if access is required to construct, inspect, maintain, alter, replace or repair the Pipeline, or if a safety concern arises.
  • Mechanical Excavation, which excludes Cultivation, is not permitted Directly Over the Pipeline. Mechanical Excavation is otherwise permitted within a Right of Way to a depth of 0.3 metres provided the depth of cover is maintained or restored, and the Mechanical Excavation is more than 0.6 metres from the Pipeline.

Allowed with Conditions:

  • Placement of lawn, shrubs, dirt or gravel pads, or gardens.
  • Cultivation to a depth of 0.3 metres and Farm Cultivation to a depth of 0.45 metres.

Prohibited:

  • Permanent removal of cover (soil) from over the Pipeline.
  • Any Minor Landscaping that is not expressly allowed above is prohibited.
  • Mechanical Excavation is not permitted Directly Over the Pipeline. Mechanical Excavation is not permitted closer than 0.6 metres to the Pipeline unless the location of the pipeline has been visually verified by hand excavation or hydro-vac.
  • See Major Landscaping for allowable increases to depth of cover.
  • See Major Landscaping for more information.

Major Landscaping

Major Landscaping consists of paving, concrete, berms, ponds, pits, retaining walls, site grading, inground pools or, without limiting the foregoing, any activity that reduces the depth of cover over the Pipeline, either in one occurrence or over time.

Considerations:

  • Notwithstanding anything herein, Major Landscaping within the Right of Way or 1.5 metres of the Pipeline where no Right of Way exists may be damaged or removed by SaskEnergy at the Grantee or owner´s expense if access is required to construct, inspect, maintain, alter, replace or repair the Pipeline, or if a safety concern arises.
  • Mechanical Excavation is not permitted Directly Over the Pipeline. Mechanical Excavation is otherwise permitted within a Right of Way to a depth of 0.3 metres provided the depth of cover is maintained or restored, and the Mechanical Excavation is more than 0.6 metres from the Pipeline.

Allowed with Conditions:

  • Paving stone patios.
  • Increases to depth of cover up to a total of 0.5 metres in height, including features such as retaining walls and planters.
  • Cement pads that are not connected to Building Foundations and that have a minimum .02 metre offset to above ground pipe at the gas meter.
  • Cultivation to a depth of 0.3 metres and Farm Cultivation to a depth of 0.45 metres.
  • Hand or hydro-vac excavation to any depth where depth of cover over the Pipeline and Pipeline Right of Way is maintained or restored.

Prohibited:

  • Any landscaping that is not allowed is prohibited.
  • Mechanical Excavation is not permitted Directly Over the Pipeline, or closer than 0.6 metres to the Pipeline unless the location of the pipeline has been visually verified by hand excavation or hydro-vac.
  • Permanent removal of cover (soil) from over the Pipeline.
  • See Simple Structures for information on piles.

Planting Trees

Planting Trees includes the planting or relocation of trees or shrubs.

Considerations:

  • Trees should be placed in locations greater than 0.6 metres from natural gas Pipelines.
  • Notwithstanding anything herein, trees within the Right of Way may be subject to removal by SaskEnergy at the Grantee or owner´s expense if access is required to construct, inspect, maintain, alter, replace or repair the Pipeline, or if a safety concern arises.
  • For site preparation, see Minor Landscaping or Major Landscaping, as applicable.

Allowed with Conditions:

  • Trees or shrubs with a mature height of less than 5 metres.
  • Trees with a mature height greater than 5 metres tall if located at a distance greater than 1.5 metres from intersections of natural gas Pipelines.
  • Hand or hydro-vac excavation to any depth.
  • Mechanical Excavation (tree spade) is allowed at a minimum 0.6 metre offset from the Pipeline, and to any depth, only if the exact pipe location is visually verified by hand digging, or hydro-vac excavation.

Prohibited:

  • Trees with a mature height of greater than 5 metres, within the Right of Way and within 1.5 metres from intersections of Pipelines.
  • Any tree planting not expressly allowed above is generally prohibited by the Right of Way agreement. Except as provided for above, Mechanical Excavation below 0.3 metres, or Directly Over the Pipeline, is prohibited.

Simple Structures

A Simple Structure includes anchors, posts or poles, and other like structures (not for the purpose of a Fence).

Considerations:

  • Underground structures should be placed in locations greater than 0.6 metres from natural gas Pipelines.
  • Notwithstanding anything herein, Simple Structures within the Right of Way or 1.5 metres of the Pipeline where no Right of Way exists may be removed by SaskEnergy at the Grantee or owner´s expense if access is required to construct, inspect, maintain, alter, replace or repair the Pipeline, or if a safety concern arises.
  • For site preparation, see Minor Landscaping or Major Landscaping, as applicable.

Allowed with Conditions:

  • Simple Structures are placed at least 0.3 metres from the Pipeline.
  • Simple Structure may be placed with a powered auger or post pounder if the offset is more than 0.6 metres from the Pipeline.
  • Mechanical Excavation is allowed within 0.6 metres of the Pipeline, only if the exact pipe location is visually verified by hand digging, or hydro-vac excavation. Mechanical Excavation Directly Over the Pipeline is not permitted.

Prohibited:

  • Simple structures within 30 centimetres of a Pipeline.
  • Rigid connections to other structures (see Fences, Unenclosed Structures, or Enclosed Structures).
  • Any Simple Structure not expressly allowed above is prohibited.

Unenclosed Structures

Unenclosed Structures are open to atmosphere in such a way as to minimize the risk of trapping natural gas, this includes many types of unenclosed decks, gazebos, above ground pools, towers or other like structures.

Considerations:

  • Notwithstanding anything herein, structures within the Right of Way or 1.5 metres of the Pipeline where no Right of Way exists may be removed by SaskEnergy at the Grantee or owner´s expense if access is required to construct, inspect, maintain, alter, replace or repair the Pipeline, or if a safety concern arises.
  • For site preparation, see Minor Landscaping or Major Landscaping, as applicable.

Allowed with Conditions:

  • A balcony extending over SaskEnergy´s meter, provided that there is greater than 2 metres vertical clearance to the underside of the structure.
  • Open air structures that allow for free flow of air so as to not trap and concentrate gas beyond the explosive limit.
  • If the structure is covered with a roof, the openings in the walls must have a total area greater than 20% of the area of the walls, including other structures which serve the purpose of walls.
  • A fire pit with a minimum offset of 0.3 metres from a Pipeline.
  • Free access to the SaskEnergy gas meter, regulator, and shutoff valve shall be maintained, with a minimum 0.4 metres of horizontal offset to permanent structures.
  • Piles or foundations offset more than 0.3 metres of a SaskEnergy Service Pipeline.
  • Towers from 2 — 5 metres in height shall have a minimum offset of 1.5 metres from pipe intersections.

Prohibited:

  • Permanent structures within 1.5 metres from intersections of Pipelines.
  • Piles or Foundations within a Right of Way or 1.5 metres of a SaskEnergy Main Pipeline where no Right of Way exists.
  • Piles or Foundations within 0.3 metres of a SaskEnergy Service Pipeline.
  • Towers greater than 5 metres tall within a Right of Way or 1.5 metres of a SaskEnergy Pipeline where no Right of Way exists.
  • A deck surface above a meter, regulator, or shutoff valve.
  • Unenclosed Structures not expressly allowed above are prohibited.

Enclosed Structures

An Enclosed Structure is a structure that is covered or enclosed and may trap gas; including without limitation, a shed, greenhouse, grain bin, tank, hot tub or other like structure.

An Enclosed Structure is any structure that has a ceiling or roof and walls where the openings in the walls have a total area less than 20% of the area of the walls, including other structures which serve the purpose of walls.

Considerations:

  • Preference is for structures on skids that enable movement and improve accessibility.
  • Notwithstanding anything herein, structures within the Right of Way or 1.5 metres of the Pipeline where no Right of Way exists may be removed by SaskEnergy at the Grantee or owner´s expense if access is required to construct, inspect, maintain, alter, replace or repair the Pipeline, or if a safety concern arises.
  • SaskEnergy´s opinion as to what constitutes a safety hazard may change over time as standards change or new information becomes available.
  • For site preparation, see Minor Landscaping or Major Landscaping, as applicable.

Allowed with Conditions:

  • Enclosed Structures are allowed provided they are:
    • Smaller than 10 square metres in floor area;
    • Located more than 1.5 metres from the intersection of buried Pipelines; and
    • Have a minimum ventilation area of 400 centimetres2 located on the roof, or on walls within 50 centimetres of the peak of the roof.

Prohibited:

  • Structures that have a Foundation, electricity or otherwise meet the definition of a Building (see Buildings for requirements).
  • Structures not expressly allowed above.

Building

Buildings are Enclosed Structures that have a Foundation, are inhabitable, are wired for electricity, contain potential sources of gas ignition, or are greater than 10 square metres in size. Buildings include, but are not limited to, garages, large storage sheds, houses and businesses or additions thereto, sunrooms, workshops, barns, or Quonsets.

Considerations:

  • Notwithstanding anything herein, buildings within 1.5 metres of natural gas line or within the Right of Way may be altered or removed by SaskEnergy at the owner´s expense if access is required to construct, inspect, maintain, alter, replace or repair the Pipeline, or if a safety concern arises.
  • SaskEnergy´s opinion as to what constitutes a safety hazard may change over time as standards change or new information becomes available.
  • For site preparation and excavation, see Minor Landscaping or Major Landscaping, as applicable.

Allowed with Conditions:

  • Buildings and Foundations outside of the Right of Way (or at least 1.5 metres from a Main Pipeline if there is no Right of Way) and offset more than 0.3 metres from a SaskEnergy Service Pipeline.

Prohibited:

  • All Buildings and Foundations within the Right of Way or 1.5 metres of a SaskEnergy Main Pipeline where no Right of Way exists.
  • All Buildings and Foundations within 0.3 metres of a SaskEnergy Service Pipeline.

Culverts

Culverts are structures that allow water to flow under a road, railroad, trail, or similar obstruction from one side to the other side.

Considerations:

  • Appropriate offsets should be considered to reduce future impacts on Culvert cleaning and maintenance.
  • Culverts within 1.5 metres of natural gas pipeline maybe damaged or have to be removed at the owner´s expense if access is required to maintain the natural gas facilities.

Allowed with Conditions:

  • Culverts with outlets located at a minimum offset of 1.5 meters from the SaskEnergy Pipeline.
  • Culverts with outlets located within 1.5 metres if a permanent and effective erosion control system or structure is used and maintained, (e.g. concrete, rock , protective matting).
  • Culverts that maintain a minimum separation of 0.3 meters between the SaskEnergy Pipeline and the installed facility.

Prohibited:

  • Any Culvert that is not expressly allowed above is prohibited.

Demolition

Demolition is the tearing down, destroying, breaking up or razing of a Building or other structure, or of the outer walls or principal supporting members of a Building or other structure.

Considerations:

  • SaskEnergy gas lines are generally pressurized to a point just below the meter, even after gas service is discontinued to the premise, and the meter removed.
  • Before a Demolition begins, Grantee shall ensure that gas services connected to the structure or the part of the structure that is being demolished are disconnected by SaskEnergy and removed from the immediate Demolition area by SaskEnergy. This Grantee requirement is not complete until the meter, service riser and underground service line are removed.
  • SaskEnergy generally will not remove all underground lines from the property, and may not remove the entire service line. It is your obligation to obtain and maintain line locates and to be aware of these facilities.
  • SaskEnergy will work with Grantee to deactivate natural gas service lines and have the gas riser removed. Call 1-888-7000-GAS (427). Charges may apply for winter construction or expedited work.
  • All distances and locations are relative to the Pipeline not the line locate marker. Line locate markers (flags, stakes or paint) are deemed accurate if placed within one metre horizontal distance from the Pipeline, pursuant to Section 57 of The SaskEnergy Act.

Allowed with Conditions:

  • None.

Prohibited:

  • All Demolition within a Right of Way or 1.5 metres of SaskEnergy natural gas Pipeline where no Right of Way exists until natural gas Pipelines and equipment are isolated and removed, to SaskEnergy´s sole satisfaction.
  • Demolition of Buildings or other structures connected to SaskEnergy natural gas Pipelines. Call 1-888-7000-GAS (427) to deactivate natural gas service lines and have the gas riser and associated equipment removed.

Seismic or Oil & Gas Activities

Seismic includes all field activities included with the gathering of seismic information.

Oil & Gas Activities include Work and Installations associated with oil and gas gathering, production and transportation. This includes but is not limited to the drilling of wells, building of access roads, preparation and building of site civil work, installation of Pipelines, powerlines and Foundations to support.

Considerations:

  • Permission is required from SaskEnergy for a Site Disturbance within the Right of Way or within 1.5 metres of a Pipeline if no Right of Way exists.
  • Seismic set back and regulatory requirements will vary depending on the type of pipeline, the type of seismic activity, and any requirements on your exploration license. The Seismic Exploration Regulations 1999, for example, currently impose set backs of 3 metres for low pressure Pipelines. You may not work within those set-backs with or without SaskEnergy´s permission.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of third party requirements, and to ensure that the seismic wave does not damage Pipeline infrastructure. In addition, you may be responsible at law for damage to pipeline and third party property if reasonable and appropriate measures are not taken to protect the public, third party facilities and third party property, whether or not those precautions are imposed by regulation.
  • SaskEnergy recommends that oil and gas operators prepare drawings and submit them to SaskEnergy when SaskEnergy lines and Right of Ways may be impacted.
  • SaskEnergy maintains statutory easements for rural locations that are not registered with ISC.
  • Obtain written permission to proceed.
  • All distances and locations are relative to the Pipeline not the line locate marker. Line locate markers (flags, stakes or paint) are deemed accurate if placed within one metre horizontal distance from the Pipeline, pursuant to Section 57 of The SaskEnergy Act.

Allowed with Conditions:

  • None.

Prohibited:

  • All Seismic or Oil & Gas Activity within the Right of Way or 1.5 metres of SaskEnergy natural gas Pipeline where no Right of Way exists. Where greater set backs are imposed by a government body of competent authority, the greater set back requirement shall be complied with.

SaskEnergy Facility Crossings

Facility Crossings are power cables, telephone cables, gas pipelines, water pipelines, and like linear installations installed by or on behalf of the Customer. Facility Crossings exclude any facilities installed by a public utility provider or municipality or owned by a party other than the Customer or the private landowner.

Considerations:

  • Notwithstanding anything herein, Facility Crossings within the Right of Way, or 1.5 metres of the Pipeline where no Right of Way exists, may be removed or altered by SaskEnergy at the Customer or owner´s expense if access is required to construct, inspect, maintain, alter, replace or repair the Pipeline, or if a safety concern arises.
  • Facility Crossings should be placed with offsets greater than 0.6 metres from natural gas Pipelines.
  • All distances and locations are relative to the Pipeline not the line locate marker. Line locate markers (flags, stakes or paint) are deemed accurate if placed within one metre horizontal distance from the Pipeline, pursuant to Section 57 of The SaskEnergy Act. Hand or hydro-vac exposure of the pipeline is required to determine exact location.
  • If the pipeline is exposed the person undertaking the Work shall ensure that the Pipeline is supported in order to prevent damage to the Pipeline during backfilling and any subsequent settlement of the ground.
  • If there is contact with or damage to an underground pipeline the Customer or person undertaking the Work shall immediately notify SaskEnergy.

Allowed with Conditions:

  • All linear installations must maintain a minimum separation of 0.3 metres vertically at crossings between the SaskEnergy Pipeline and the installed facility. Parallel installations must maintain a minimum separation of 0.6 metres horizontally between the SaskEnergy pipeline and the installed facility.
  • Mechanical Excavation is allowed within 0.6 metres of the Pipeline, only if the exact pipe location is visually verified by hand digging, or hydro-vac excavation.

Prohibited:

  • All power cables, telephone cables, gas pipelines, water pipelines, culverts and other infrastructure installed or owned by public utility companies or others.
  • Obtain written permission to proceed.
  • Any Facility Crossings that are not expressly allowed above are prohibited.

Other Terms & Conditions
  1. The foregoing requirements are terms and conditions of service, pursuant to Section 16 of The SaskEnergy Act, and constitute an integral part of SaskEnergy´s Terms & Conditions of Service Schedule.
  2. The Grantee shall arrange for locates through Sask 1st Call prior to commencing a Ground Disturbance. A minimum of two full working days´ notice to SaskEnergy is required.
  3. SaskEnergy has the right, but not the obligation, at its sole discretion, to have a field representative onsite during the Work.
  4. Absent an agreement in writing, any Work or Installations within the Right of Way or 1.5 metres of the Pipeline where no Right of Way exists, which is not expressly allowed herein, is prohibited and is deemed undertaken without SaskEnergy consent.
  5. SaskEnergy will take reasonable care to avoid unnecessary damage to Work and Installations within the Right of Way or 1.5 metres of the Pipeline where no Right of Way exists, where such Work or Installations are authorized herein. SaskEnergy will pay reasonable damages to the owner, lessee of the land, or other person who is/are entitled for damage to Work or Installations in contravention of this clause.
  6. Notwithstanding anything herein, SaskEnergy reserves all rights of ingress or egress, and other rights with respect to its Pipeline or Right of Way which would otherwise exist at law.
  7. SaskEnergy will continue to identify any Work or Installation encroaching on a Right of Way, or within 1.5 metres of the Pipeline where no Right of Way exists, as encroachments, notwithstanding this Permission. Compliance with these conditions will not eliminate the encroachment itself, but will best ensure that removal of that encroachment is not required for safety or other reasons. Grantee performs any Work or Installations within the Right of Way, or within 1.5 metres of the Pipeline where no Right of Way exists, at its own risk.
  8. Notwithstanding anything herein, any Work or Installations within a Right of Way or within 1.5 metres of the Pipeline where no Right of Way exists may be removed by SaskEnergy at the Grantee or owner´s expense if access is required to construct, inspect, maintain, alter, replace or repair the Pipeline or, if in the opinion of SaskEnergy the Work or Installation is or becomes a safety hazard, in SaskEnergy´s sole discretion.
  9. All distances and locations are relative to the Pipeline not the line locate marker. Line locate markers (flags, stakes or paint) are deemed accurate if placed within one metre horizontal distance from the Pipeline, pursuant to Section 57 of The SaskEnergy Act. Exposure of the Pipeline by hand or hydro-vac is required to determine its precise location.
  10. If the pipeline is exposed the person undertaking the Work shall ensure that the Pipeline is supported in order to prevent damage to the Pipeline during backfilling and any subsequent settlement of the ground.
  11. By proceeding with the Work, the Grantee agrees that the Grantee, its servants, agents, contractors or employees shall be bound by and comply with the terms and conditions contained herein.
  12. By proceeding with the Work, Grantee represents that it is the owner of the property or authorized by the owner to bind the owner of the property as owner´s agent.
  13. The Grantee shall be liable to SaskEnergy for all loss, damages and expenses which SaskEnergy may suffer, sustain, pay or incur and shall indemnify and save harmless SaskEnergy against all actions, proceedings, claims, demands, and costs which may be brought against or suffered by SaskEnergy or which it may sustain pay or incur, by reason of any matter or thing arising out of or attributable to willful misconduct, any negligent act or omission or any breach of the terms and conditions herein by Grantee, its principals, servants, agents, contractors or employees. SaskEnergy shall be liable to Grantee for all loss, damages and expenses which Grantee may suffer, sustain, pay or incur and shall indemnify and save harmless Grantee against all actions, proceedings, claims, demands, and costs which may be brought against or suffered by Grantee or which it may sustain pay or incur, by reason of any matter or thing arising out of or attributable to willful misconduct, any negligent act or omission or any breach of the terms and conditions herein by SaskEnergy, its principals, servants, agents, contractors or employees.
  14. In the event that SaskEnergy´s facility suffers contact damage or other damage as a result of the Grantee´s work, SaskEnergy shall be notified forthwith and its repair shall be carried out as directed by SaskEnergy at the Grantee´s cost.
  15. The Grantee shall remove and dispose of all SaskEnergy stakes once the Work is completed.
  16. Unless otherwise defined herein, all capitalized terms shall have the meaning given to them in the Terms & Conditions of Service Schedule.
  17. Each party shall at all times comply with any and all applicable codes, statutes, laws, regulations, permits, licenses, orders and directions of any governmental authority from time to time in force. The minimum applicable technical standards therein shall apply to both parties unless more stringent standards are provided for in this Appendix. If compliance with any provision of this Appendix would result in violation of any applicable codes, statutes, laws, regulations, permits, licenses, orders and directions of any governmental authority, such code, statute, law, regulation, permit, license, order and direction of any governmental authority shall prevail and this Appendix shall be deemed to be amended accordingly.
  18. In the event of a conflict between this Appendix and the Terms and Conditions of Service Schedule this Appendix shall govern. In the event of a conflict between paragraphs 1 to 19 of Other Terms and Conditions and the remainder of this Appendix, the Other Terms and Conditions shall govern. In the event of a conflict between this Appendix and a written Easement, Right of Way or permission to construct agreement, the written agreement shall govern. Provided that, if consent of SaskEnergy would be otherwise required, no damages shall be payable by SaskEnergy with respect to Work or Installations authorized herein except in accordance with the terms hereof.

Addendum A

The following excerpts are selectively taken from relevant acts or regulations, and are provided for convenience of reference only. This Addendum is not intended as a substitute for the full text of the applicable act or regulations. It is not intended as a complete list of acts, regulations, or provisions therein, that may be applicable. Legislated requirements may change over time. It is the reader´s responsibility to ensure that all legislated requirements have been met before initiating any project.

The SaskEnergy Act

Interpretation

  1. In this Act:
    1. "corporation" means SaskEnergy Incorporated ...;
      . . .
    2. "gas"means all natural gas and manufactured gas, both before and after it has been treated or processed by absorption, purification, scrubbing or other means;
      . . .

Buildings, structures over pipelines, etc.

    1. No person shall construct or allow the construction of any building or other structure over any of the regulators, shut-off valves, meters, pipelines, gas mains or other facilities of the corporation or TransGas without the prior written consent of the corporation or TransGas.
    2. If, in the opinion of the corporation or TransGas, a building or structure over or near any of the regulators, shut-off valves, meters, pipelines, gas mains or other facilities of the corporation or TransGas constitutes a safety hazard, the corporation or TransGas may demand in writing that the owner of the land on which the building or structure is situated remove the building or structure at the owner´s expense.
    3. If the owner of land fails to comply with a written demand made pursuant to subsection (2) within the time specified in the demand or any further time that the corporation or TransGas may allow, the corporation or TransGas may enter on the land and do any of the following that it considers necessary to remove a safety hazard:
      1. remove the building or structure;
      2. reroute a pipeline or gas main;
      3. install a new pipeline or gas main;
      4. move any regulator, shut-off valve, meter or other facility of the corporation or TransGas.
    4. The corporation or TransGas may charge the owner with the corporation´s or TransGas´ costs in carrying out any of the activities mentioned in subsection (3).
    5. If the owner and the corporation or TransGas are unable to agree with respect to any of the costs mentioned in subsection (4) or with respect to any compensation that the owner may claim as a result of the corporation or TransGas carrying out any of the activities mentioned in subsection (3), both parties shall submit the issue to arbitration in accordance with The Arbitration Act, 1992.

Liability for damages to buried pipelines

    1. No person shall dig, grade, level, excavate, blast or conduct any other activity on any land within which the corporation´s or TransGas´ buried pipelines are located, and no person shall request, or enter into a contract with, a third party to dig, grade, level, excavate, blast or conduct any other activity on that land, unless that person, at least two working days before the activity, has requested the corporation or TransGas to accurately locate the pipelines within that land.
    2. A person is liable to the corporation or TransGas for damages in an amount calculated pursuant to subsection (3) where that person:
      1. digs, grades, levels, excavates, blasts or conducts any other activity on land within which the corporation´s or TransGas´ pipelines are buried or requests or enters into a contract with a third party to dig, grade, level, excavate, blast or conduct any other activity on that land;
      2. fails to request the accurate location of those pipelines in accordance with subsection (1) or obtains an accurate location of those pipelines; and
      3. damages the pipelines.
    3. For the purposes of subsection (2), the damages are equal to the total of:
      1. the cost to the corporation or TransGas of repairing the pipeline, together with all other costs reasonably incurred by the corporation or TransGas as a result of the damage to the pipeline; and
      2. an amount equal to 50% of the costs described in clause (a) as compensation to the corporation or TransGas for loss of revenues.
    4. The corporation or TransGas is conclusively deemed to have accurately located a buried pipeline if it has identified the location or route of the pipeline by means of visible markers that are:
      1. attached along the surface of the land along the route above the pipeline; and
      2. spaced not more than 70 metres apart and not more than one metre in horizontal distance from the route of the pipeline.

The SaskEnergy Regulations

Interpretation

    1. In these regulations:
      1. "Act" means The SaskEnergy Act;
      2. . . .
      3. "cultivation" means tillage or preparation of soil by mechanical agitation;
      4. "farm cultivation" means cultivation on lands dedicated to the production of crops for sale, of commercial livestock or of commercial livestock feed;
      5. "ground disturbance" means any work, operation or activity that results in a disturbance of the earth, including excavating, digging, trenching, cultivating, drilling, tunnelling, augering, backfilling, blasting, topsoil stripping, land levelling, peat removing, quarrying, clearing and grading;
      6. "mechanical excavation" means any ground disturbance that is undertaken other than by hand digging or other means approved by the corporation or a subsidiary, but does not include a ground disturbance undertaken for the purpose of cultivation;
      7. . . .
      8. "site disturbance" includes:
        1. any excavation, drilling, installing or erecting of any pit, well foundation, pavement, building or other structure or installation;
        2. any ground disturbance that reduces the depth of cover over the pipeline to a depth that is less than the cover provided when the pipeline was installed;
        3. mechanical excavation below 0.30 metres in depth or over a pipeline;
        4. cultivation below 0.30 metres in depth or farm cultivation below 0.45 metres in depth; and
        5. the tearing down, destroying, breaking up or razing of a structure or of the outer walls or principal supporting members of a structure;
      9. "subsidiary" means any subsidiary of the corporation and includes TransGas.
    2. For the purposes of section 36 of the Act, "over" or "over or near" a pipeline includes:
      1. for pipelines used for the distribution of gas, as defined in section 23 of the Act, within the right of way of a pipeline or over or within 1.5 metres of the pipeline where no right of way exists;
      2. for pipelines used for the transportation of gas, as defined in section 60 of the Act, within the right of way of a pipeline or over or within five metres of the pipeline where no right of way exists;
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Distribution site disturbance

  1. 7.1 In the case of pipelines used for the distribution of gas, as defined in section 23 of the Act, no person shall:
    1. undertake a site disturbance within the right of way of the pipeline without the consent of the corporation or its subsidiary;
    2. where no right of way exists, undertake a site disturbance over or within 1.5 metres of the pipeline without the consent of the corporation or its subsidiary.
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Hand exposure of pipeline, etc.

  1. 7.3
    1. If an operation is to be undertaken by a person involving a ground disturbance within 0.60 metres of an existing pipeline, the person shall ensure that the pipeline is exposed by hand digging or other method approved by the corporation or its subsidiary before mechanical excavation is allowed to commence within that area.
    2. If an operation mentioned in subsection (1) exposes a pipeline, the person undertaking that operation shall ensure that the pipeline is supported in order to prevent any damage during backfilling and any subsequent settlement of the ground.
    3. If, during the operation mentioned in subsection (1), there is contact with or damage to an underground pipeline, the person undertaking the operation shall immediately notify the corporation or its subsidiary that the contact or damage has occurred.



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