The National Energy Board has posted information on its website about how the public can access the CSA Standard Z662 (Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems) at no cost during a pilot project that will run until March, 2018. Many important NEB regulations about safety and the protection of the environment in connection with pipelines adopt provisions in the CSA standard. The problem, at least for the general public, is that the cost of obtaining a copy of the standard is several hundred dollars. In other words, outside an initiative like the one being undertaken by the NEB, finding out exactly what standards are required of pipeline companies in Canada can be an expensive exercise.
The NEB says that its pilot project will run until March, 2018, and then will be reviewed.
Hopefully the open and free access to the CSA standard will continue beyond the current pilot project. Canadians should not have to pay an organization like the CSA in order to know what the law is.
Here is the link to the NEB portal to the CSA Standard: How to access the CSA Standard Z662 Oil and Pipeline Systems.
Posted by Landowner Lawyer, John Goudy
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