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Damage Prevention

Preventing damage to pipelines is a shared responsibility. As pipelines are buried, they can be at risk for accidental damage from excavation or construction activity nearby. This type of damage is preventable.

Backyard fence post digging with augerPipeline companies are required to ensure that people know how to safely conduct activities like excavation and construction near pipelines, and people planning activities near pipelines are required to Call Before They Dig.

As a federal regulator of international and interprovincial pipelines, the National Energy Board (NEB) promotes safe work practices around pipelines through the regulations and by monitoring and enforcing compliance with regulatory requirements. The NEB raises public awareness about safety by providing public information and encouraging cooperation, safety education, and compliance with requirements. As the federal regulatory champion for the Canadian Common Ground Alliance, the NEB collaborates with the damage prevention community to promote living and working safely around pipelines and other buried infrastructure.

Whether you are a property-owner, a municipal employee, or a contractor planning a project that involves digging, compliance with the approved safety steps will help ensure your project goes ahead safely and without issues.

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