Table of Contents Pipelines


A proposed road in a subdivision plan may cross a gas or oil pipeline.

The Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) has regulatory authority where proposed subdivisions cross a pipeline, pursuant to the Provincial Oil And Gas Activities Act and Regulations. This applies to all pipelines operated wholly within the Province of British Columbia.

The OGC has divided its authority between the Compliance and Enforcement Branch for pipelines containing a pressure of 700 kPa or greater and Technical Safety BC for pipeline pressures of less than 700 kPa. The OGC does not exercise regulatory authority over public road crossings of pipelines under provincial jurisdiction.

Oil or natural gas pipelines that cross interprovincial or international boundaries are regulated by the National Energy Board pursuant to the Federal National Energy Board Act.

The Board does not regulate the dedication of roads over pipelines. The Board regulates the construction of roads that cross pipelines to ensure compliance with construction standards. These pipelines can carry oil, natural gas and other hydrocarbons at pressures of several thousand psi, which require certain construction standards to ensure safety. Accordingly, the Board has the National Energy Board Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations – Authorizations and the National Energy Board Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations – Obligations of Pipeline Companies. These are contained in the NEB publication “Pipeline Damage Prevention – Ground Disturbance, Construction and Vehicle Crossings” which can be found at

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