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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

TCPL files major decommissioning application with NEB


The NOVA Gas division of TransCanada Pipelines Limited (TCPL) has filed a major pipeline "decommissioning" application with the National Energy Board (NEB).  TCPL proposes to "decommission" in place the vast majority of a 266 km length of pipeline, capping it, filling it with an inert gas, and leaving it to corrode in the ground.  The application is at the following link: Decommissioning Application

Several years ago, the NEB introduced the concept of "decommissioning", which effectively allows a pipeline company to abandon its pipeline in place without having to make an application to abandon.  Where there is no application for abandonment, landowners have no access to participant funding to support their involvement in the approval process.