Pipelines In Your Community
Chances are, there’s an Enbridge pipeline near you.
Enbridge owns and operates the world’s longest crude oil and liquids pipeline system, exporting 65 per cent of Western Canadian oil and importing 13 per cent of U.S. daily imports as the largest single conduit of crude oil into the United States. Enbridge also owns a vast network of natural-gas gathering and transmission pipelines in the southern U.S., along with a Western Canadian network including the Vector and Alliance pipelines and an offshore production network that transports about half of all deep-water Gulf of Mexico natural gas production. Meanwhile, in Eastern Canada and New York State, Enbridge Gas Distribution and its affiliates serve more than two million customers, making EGD one of the fastest-growing such enterprises in North America.
Developing and maintaining good relationships with our stakeholders – the landowners, tenants and neighbours along our pipeline system – is important to us. Enbridge aims to manage our existing operations and new facilities with respect for our neighbors and their land.
We pursue this commitment in a number of ways:
- Consulting with the individuals who live along our pipelines, and with those who may become our neighbours as our pipeline network grows.
- Maintaining the integrity of our pipeline systems and providing information about our activities to neighbours, community residents, and officials through our U.S. Public Awareness Program and Canadian Public Awareness Program.
- Performing regular foot, ground vehicle and aerial patrols along our existing pipelines.
- Inspecting the integrity of each line segment and perform repairs or “maintenance digs” to promote safe operations (various pipeline safety brochures can be found here).
Pipeline location identified by markers
The pipeline follows a long, narrow stretch of land called a right-of-way (ROW), which designates a safe and clear corridor for the pipeline. Our pipeline markers are located at intervals along the ROW and typically on both sides of road crossings.
All pipeline markers provide a telephone number for reporting pipeline emergencies and indicate the product being transported in that pipeline.
The placement of these markers indicates the general position of the buried pipeline and should never be used as a reference for the exact location of the pipeline.
The one-call procedure must be used to properly locate pipelines and other buried utilities at a proposed excavation site.
Protecting people and the environment
Enbridge is committed to protecting the public and the environment, and we build safety into every step of pipeline construction and operations. We take many preventative measures to promote safe, reliable operations of our natural gas pipelines and related facilities, including:
- High-quality pipeline materials and anti-corrosion coatings
- Cathodic protection (a low-level electrical charge) to inhibit corrosion of underground pipelines
- Pressure testing of new and existing pipelines
- In-line inspection technologies to test pipeline integrity
- Preventative maintenance programs
- Around-the-clock surveillance of major transmission pipeline operations
- Frequent aerial and periodic ground surveys of the ROW
Enbridge representatives notify affected landowners along our ROW when we are planning to conduct maintenance on our pipeline.
Please call us – or your local law enforcement agency – to report any unusual activity in our pipeline ROW or any unauthorized entry into our facilities.