Compliance Verification Activity Report: CV1920-279 - NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.

Overview

Compliance verification activity type: Field Inspection

Activity #: CV1920-279
Start date: 2019-09-16
End date: 2019-09-18

Team:

Regulated company: NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.

Operating company: TransCanada PipeLines Limited

Province(s) / Territory(s):

Discipline(s):

Related events:

Rationale and scope:

An environmental construction inspection of the Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) Rocky View Section of the West Path Delivery Project (West Path, or the Project) to verify compliance with the Canadian Energy Regulator Act (CER Act), the Onshore Pipeline Regulations (OPR), Order XG-N081-005-2019, the Environmental Protection Plan (EPP) for the Rocky View Section of the Project, and other relevant company plans, manuals and procedures. The scope of the inspection included soil handling, biosecurity and vegetation management, traditional land & resource use and heritage resource sites, waste management, erosion and sediment control, wetland and watercourse crossings, and site-specific mitigation measures (wildlife, rare plants, etc.). Project activities at the time of inspection included surveying, topsoil stripping, grading, the Springbank Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD), and welding/welding inspection on the Springbank HDD drag section.

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Facility details

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Regulatory requirements

Regulatory requirements that apply to this activity:

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Observations (no outstanding follow-up required)

Observation 1 - Orientation and Document Review

Date & time of visit: 2019-09-16 09:15

Discipline: Environmental Protection

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Facility:

Observations:

Environmental Orientation:

 Document Review and Discussion:

Compliance tool used: No compliance tool used

Observation 2 - General Observations (except where otherwise noted)

Date & time of visit: 2019-09-16 12:00

Discipline: Environmental Protection

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Facility:

Observations:

Inspected selected active portions of ROW: KP0+000, KP0+550, KP1+350 to KP4+600, KP5+000 to KP6+800, KP7+730 to KP8+115, KP14+500 to KP15+400, and KP21+250 to KP21+450:

Compliance tool used: No compliance tool used

Observation 3 - Wildlife and Rare Plants

Date & time of visit: 2019-09-17 08:30

Discipline: Environmental Protection

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Facility:

Observations:

Compliance tool used: No compliance tool used

Observation 4 - Sediment Fencing - CNC

Date & time of visit: 2019-09-17 08:30

Discipline: Environmental Protection

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Facility:

Observations:

KP6+290 to KP6+800

Compliance tool used: Corrected Non-compliance (CNC)

Regulatory requirement:

Relevant section(s):

Company action required:

Sediment fencing is to be implmented in accordance with the typical drawings in the Environmental Protection Plan, and maintained appropriately.  

Due date: 2019-09-18

Date closed: 2019-09-18
Note: the date closed is the date that the inspector completed their review of the company corrective actions for adequacy and determined that no further actions are required.

Reason closed: Requirement met

Compliance achieved: Yes

Observation 5 - Secondary Containment - CNC

Date & time of visit: 2019-09-17 10:15

Discipline: Environmental Protection

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Facility:

Observations:

KP5+690

KP1+375

Compliance tool used: Corrected Non-compliance (CNC)

Regulatory requirement:

Relevant section(s):

Company action required:

Place adequate secondary containment under the air compressor at KP5+690 such that it would contain a potential fuel release. Confirm contractor truck is equipped with accessible spill kit and secondary containment for fuel containers, or remove from vicinity of watercourses and wetlands.

Due date: 2019-09-20

Date closed: 2019-09-20
Note: the date closed is the date that the inspector completed their review of the company corrective actions for adequacy and determined that no further actions are required.

Reason closed: Requirement met

Compliance achieved: Yes

Observation 6 - Native Grassland - CNC

Date & time of visit: 2019-09-17 10:30

Discipline: Environmental Protection

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Facility:

Observations:

Compliance tool used: Corrected Non-compliance (CNC)

Regulatory requirement:

Relevant section(s):

Company action required:

Signs indicating the changes from FC-01 and FC-02 in the area between KP4+160 and KP5+420 are to be labelled on both sides.   
 

Due date: 2019-09-18

Date closed: 2019-09-18
Note: the date closed is the date that the inspector completed their review of the company corrective actions for adequacy and determined that no further actions are required.

Reason closed: Requirement met

Compliance achieved: Yes

Observation 7 - Waste management on ROW

Date & time of visit: 2019-09-17 13:00

Discipline: Environmental Protection

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Facility:

Observations:

KP2+000 to KP1+350

Compliance tool used: No compliance tool used

Observation 8 - Springbank HDD Entry (KP0+550) and Exit (KP1+350) Sites

Date & time of visit: 2019-09-18 08:45

Discipline: Environmental Protection

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Facility:

Observations:

Springbank HDD Entry (KP0+550) and Exit (KP1+350) Sites

Compliance tool used: No compliance tool used

Observation 9 - South Pipe Laydown Yard - CNC

Date & time of visit: 2019-09-18 11:35

Discipline: Environmental Protection

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Facility:

Observations:

Several pieces of equipment were parked in yard due to weather delays (delayed activities included clearing, topsoil stripping and grading).  IOs observed the following:

When the issue was discussed, Company representatives said that parked equipment was not routinely inspected while in the pipe yard.

Compliance tool used: Corrected Non-compliance (CNC)

Regulatory requirement:

Relevant section(s):

Company action required:

  1. Clean up observed leaks immediately, and provide spill reports and photographs demonstrating that this has been completed.
  2. Provide a plan which will be implemented to ensure that parked equipment is monitored regularly and free of fluid leaks.

Due date: 2019-09-20

Date closed: 2019-09-20
Note: the date closed is the date that the inspector completed their review of the company corrective actions for adequacy and determined that no further actions are required.

Reason closed: Requirement met

Compliance achieved: Yes

Observation 10 - Calgary Yard

Date & time of visit: 2019-09-18 13:30

Discipline: Environmental Protection

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Observations:

Compliance tool used: No compliance tool used

Observations (company follow-up required)

Identified non-compliances to company plans or procedures are non-compliances either to:

- the condition of an authorization document that requires the implementation of that plan or procedure; or

- the relevant section of the regulations that requires implementation of that plan or procedure including those sections that require implementation of plans or procedures as a part of a Program