After construction of a new pipeline, or maintenance on an existing pipeline, the process of returning property to its former and agreed-upon condition—known as restoration in the United States, and reclamation in Canada—begins.
The process starts as soon as weather conditions and road restrictions allow. Enbridge uses approved construction and land restoration techniques. Prior to construction activities, Enbridge representatives must obtain a number of regulatory approvals and environmental permits. Those permits often prescribe practices and restoration expectations.
Enbridge also meets with landowners to reach agreement on property-specific items that will be addressed during and after construction. Items on the “line list” may include:
Enbridge is responsible to landowners for damages or impacts resulting from construction of expansion facilities, pipeline replacement projects or ongoing pipeline operations, all as described in our easements. We have plans and procedures to protect land before, during, and after construction.
After construction, our goal is to restore the pipeline right-of-way to as close to pre-construction condition as possible, and minimize our long-term impact to the land along our pipelines.
Our practice of segregating topsoil during construction enhances restoration by returning the nutrients and seed back to the ground surface after construction. We also mulch, seed, and monitor the right-of-way until vegetation is re-established. In some cases, we work with landowners and environmental agencies to enhance restoration, such as planting trees along streams or managing invasive species.
Although most temporary workspaces will be allowed to grow back, we will generally maintain the permanent right-of-way free of structures, trees and shrubs so that the pipeline is visible during aerial inspections and accessible in the case of an emergency.
Enbridge has numerous pipeline projects that have recently entered service. We welcome inquiries from landowners near those projects looking for more information:
Developing and maintaining good relationships with our landowners, tenants and neighbors 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.
If you're an Enbridge neighbor with a question or a concern, please visit our contacts page to find the Enbridge land representative in your area. Alternatively, our neighbors in the U.S. can call 855-869-8261 or email landcontactUS@enbridge.com. One of our right-of-way agents will gladly respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible.
We take numerous measures to minimize our long-term impact along our pipeline rights-of-way:
Enbridge complies with all applicable municipal, state/provincial and federal regulatory requirements for our projects. Please click on the links below for more information on our project-related commitments: