Frequently Asked Questions

 

Pipeline Marker

When will construction of the pipeline begin?

Construction of the pipeline will begin in August 2018 and is planned to be completed by early 2020. As construction approaches, a more detailed construction schedule will become available on this website.

Will my property be impacted?

You can look at the map page of this website for detailed information regarding the route of the pipeline and impacted properties.

What roads will be impacted by construction and when?

Most of the construction work will not impact roadways, but in a few locations the pipeline will be placed near or in the roadway, or cross a roadway. The detailed schedule for work in the roadways will be developed in conjunction with the construction contractor, the pipeline engineer, and roadway owner. 

The pipeline is going through my property, how soon before my property is brought back to its original state?

Each property will have a specific remediation plan developed for that specific property. After the pipeline is installed, a specialized remediation contractor will place the required soils and seeding. Stormwater management measures will be removed as the land is remediated and fauna comes in. The timeline for the remediation plan will vary by property and the season in which the pipeline is installed.

How deep will the pipeline be buried?

The typical installation depth will be 5 feet. This means from the top of the pipeline to the ground surface will be 5 feet of backfill and soil. This installation depth will vary depending on design factors such as soil conditions, existing utilities in the area, future planning areas, etc. The minimum depth of cover of the pipeline will be 4 feet.

How safe will the pipeline be?

The pipeline will be operating at various pressures, typically between 100-250 pounds per square inch (PSI). Engineered steel will be used to construct the pipe itself and the pipe will be designed to withstand any transient pressures and surges that could occur within the line. The pipeline will go through a series of quality control checks, be hydrostatically tested to a pressure above the operating pressure, and be installed to protect other utilities, hazards, and property around the pipeline. The pipeline will be protected from corrosion through a cathodic protection system that is continuously monitored. The pipeline will automatically shut down if a leak is detected.

How can I tell where the pipeline is installed?

Pipeline markers and signs will designate the underground location of the buried pipe. The markers will typically be blue in color and include the phone number of who to call for information on the pipeline, or to report any emergency. Markers are placed at bends in the pipeline, roadway and utility crossings, etc.