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Regulatory Stock Review Plan – International and Interprovincial Power Line Damage Prevention Regulations – Authorizations, and International and Interprovincial Power Line Damage Prevention Regulations – Obligations of Holders of Permits and Certificates

Enabling Act: Canadian Energy Regulator Act (CER Act)

Rationale: The Power Line Crossing Regulations, made under the repealed National Energy Board Act will be updated to reflect changes introduced by the CER Act, and renamed International and Interprovincial Power Line Damage Prevention Regulations – Authorizations, and International and Interprovincial Power Line Damage Prevention Regulations – Obligations of Holders of Permits and Certificates.

Narrative: The CER Act updates the regulatory framework for safely conducting activities near international and interprovincial power lines. As a result, the Power Line Crossing Regulations made under the NEB Act require updating. Current safety requirements would be maintained, and damage prevention provisions would be included in the regulations.

Date of last review or amendment: 2012

Targeted start for review: 2018

Stakeholder Feedback: A Discussion Paper providing the concept for the proposed regulations was provided for comment from 19 October to 28 November 2018. Stakeholder feedback included how the prescribed area will be measured for conducting activities that would cause a ground disturbance; the definition of ground disturbance in the CER Act may require further definition; general support for a holder to be a member of a One-Call Centre, and to have a damage prevention program.

A Consultation Paper with draft regulations was provided for comment from 8 May to 7 2019. All comment submissions will be carefully reviewed and considered in the development of the regulations.

For further information:

Departmental or agency contact:
Chantal Briand
Regulatory Policy
Telephone: (403) 389-1209
Toll Free: 1-800-899-1265
Fax: (403) 292-5503
Email: chantal.briand@cer-rec.gc.ca

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