MH-2-98 Detailed Route Hearings
During the PNGTS Extension Detailed Route Hearings a
couple of important issues came up. These could be of interest to landowners
who might participate in another Detailed Route Hearing, should there
ever be another one.
Route Selection Precedent
If you should find yourself at a Detailed Route Hearing and wish to propose an
alternative route, be aware that thanks to one of few precedents laid down by
MH-2-98 TQM PNGTS Extension Detailed Route Hearing, your are free to question
just how well the original route satisfied the route selection criteria. This
would seem self-evident, but it was the subject of considerable discussion at
MH-2-98, where the company argued (unsuccessfuly) that their route and their
criteria were approved in the original hearing and should therefore not come
under discussion or be subject to comparison.
Canadian Standards Association Z-266
Whether or not it would cross your land, if a proposed pipeline would pass near
your residence (let's say within 200 meters), then you should be aware that the
Canadian Standards Association Z-266 (available for the asking from NEB or,
presumably, CSA) is the standard which maps out the criteria which determine
specific pipeline design (including pipe thickness) in your neighborhood. You
should study the clauses which define construction classes and then do some
homework to see whether or not the proposed pipeline actually lives up to the
standards. And, if it applies to your circumstances, I direct you attention in
particular to clause 126.96.36.199, Consideration of Future Development.
This means that, as was I, you may be able to force the promoters of your
pipeline to use thicker, safer pipe near your house instead of thinner pipe
which is used away from populated areas.
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