Underground Pipelines

Year: 2018

Number: 8-18M

Department: Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources

Midterm: Yes

WHEREAS it is becoming more apparent that buried underground pipelines are not properly plotted or mapped in terms of their locations crossing road allowances and agricultural properties;

WHEREAS it is becoming more common for buried underground pipelines to accidentally be disrupted due to the lack of information recorded with respect to their locations;

WHEREAS many of the early fibreglass and steel pipelines had no tracer wire connected to the pipeline to ensure accuracy in locating the exact position of the buried pipeline;

WHEREAS depending on the type of underground line that is struck it can be potentially life-threatening or environmentally hazardous;

WHEREAS plotting, mapping and registering the pipeline should be the responsibility of the company obtaining the easement to bury a pipeline on private or public property;

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the provincial government to ensure that appropriate legislation is in place requiring all utility/industrial companies that are installing underground pipelines to be required to properly record the locations of their lines, which would include a mapped plan as well as having a tracer wire installed to ensure line locating accuracy;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that SARM lobby the provincial government to also make it mandatory that all underground pipelines that are constructed in Saskatchewan be required to be registered with Sask 1st Call to ensure municipalities and road construction companies are aware of facilities crossing municipal road allowances as well as earth works conducted on private properties;

BE IT FURTHER RESOVLED that the provincial government establish appropriate penalties to be charged to companies which do not register their underground lines with Sask 1st Call.

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