Compliance Verification Activity Report: CV2122-200 - NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.


Compliance verification activity type: Field Inspection

Activity #: CV2122-200
Start date: 2022-03-14
End date: 2022-03-18


Regulated company: NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.

Operating company: TransCanada PipeLines Limited

Province(s) / Territory(s):


Rationale and scope:

Environmental Inspection of NGTL Edson Mainline Expansion Project, during construction. The compliance verification activity focused on the implementation of mitigation measures required by the Environmental Protection Plan and related management plans. Specific attention was given to watercourse crossings, erosion and sediment control mitigation and sites of Indigenous significance.<br /> &nbsp;

Compliance tool(s) used:

Facility details


Regulatory requirements

Regulatory requirements that apply to this activity:

Observations (no outstanding follow-up required)

Observation 1 - Observations from Indigenous Monitor

Date & time of visit: 2022-03-14 09:00

Discipline: Indigenous Monitoring




One of the TK inspections was the “Prayer Tree”, we met up with the ACPP monitors
coordinator for the ACPP group and discussed traditional knowledge and explained that
the “Prayer Tree” was a sacred site (this site was roped off even though it was on the rite
away) the coordinator and FN group allowed us to visit the site. They explained the
significant spiritually of the site. We made a offering of tobacco then we left the site in
peace. he ACPP has excellent working relationship with the proponent and the contractor
they are involved with inspections and implementing the ERR & ERP plans their main
priority is the environmental pipeline footprint and the care of the land is always a priority.

The second TK inspection was at KP 16 +500. All signage was in place.

Inspection of a noxious weed site (Canada Thistle).
Discussed the removal of leaning trees as a safety practice

Water Crossings
KP 4+800 inspection of silt management and erosion control. Spoke to the foreman about
Elk River WC024 +795. Reviewed JSA and signed. Reviewed mitigation for the
installation of pumps to move the water on the up-stream side around the area to be open
cut to the down stream side. Each pump can move one cubic meter of water per second,
new hoses are used on each stream cut to avoid contamination.

Bridges used for crossing over a water are scrapped clean of mud and derbies 2 times a day
to avoid foreign material from falling into the stream down below. lnspect procedure for
installing silt fence, where there is a overlap in the material it must overlap 36 inches.

At KP 8-700 inspected creek crossing and discuss reclamation procedures inspect silk
fence installation at WC 4KM 15 + 300 inspect steep slope mitigation, and silt retainment
along water course.

At KP 35+9 the Nordegg River crossing we inspected dewatering, the natural rock used as
water flow buffers.

At KP 43+920 inspected silt pond. Reviewed and signed the FLHA and tailgate safety
meeting. Inspected KP 44+291 water crossing, there we inspected the dewatering creek
method, the water discharge filter bag , discuss equipment hazards and incident reporting

At KP 39+851 unnamed creek inspect creek bank reclamation. At KP 30+84 WC 12
inspect stream bed reclamation and discuss chance find ( buffalo Jaw and tooth
estimated 8000 to 10000 years old).

At the Elk River WC-02 4+759, discussed SARA critical habitat area.

Other Observations
At KP 27+5 HDD site, reviewed the FLHA and ERP. Inspected fuel supply tank. One had a
nozzle drip this was corrected immediately. We also inspected the propane storage tanks and
storage shed. Inspected the under-ground bore rig, genset set fuel storage, mud pumps for
diesel and oil leaks, oil storage, underground reamer, inspect tool crib, inspect tool crib,
inspect fire extinguishers, boiler and discuss boiler safety and use of boiler compound, waste
is separated and put in appropriate bins all cans ,plastic ,and plastic pails are recycled.

The rig personnel if it is your area you own it you respect it. The HDD crew and manager
were knowledgeable of their equipment answered all our questions. They took pride in
their work. All safety barriers were in place and site was clean

Compliance tool used: No compliance tool used

Observation 2 - Observations from Indigenous Monitor

Date & time of visit: 2022-03-14 08:00

Discipline: Indigenous Monitoring




Began the work day with covid testing, visitors orientation to follow. C.E.R, i.m’s ,
DFO and company representatives were in attendance.
Kp 4+800 Elk river observed site looks great as per construction work currently at
Kp8+700 steep slope sara critical habitat area. Sediment fencing erosion control
measures in place and looks good.
Kp 14+800 water course crossing sara critical habitat crossing.
Layout overall very nicely installed.
Kp 16+500 water course crossing site. Well kept and maintened
Traditional knowledge site at this location signage posted.
Kp 33+700 Prayer Tree- met the ACPP program monitors was nice meeting and
hearing there knowledge about the prayer tree buffers in place mitigation
measures met within the footprint of the project.
Kp 35+6 water course crossing observed water stream looks good site looks great.
Kp 27+5 observed site fuel tank was showing some signs of leak was brought to
tc’s attention was cleaned up while we were on site. Tool crib is in good order.
Waste and recycling station look great. Used Oil containment nicely stored.
Kp 43+920 water course crossing active construction site erosion control is setup
great overall good looking site
Kp39+851 creek bank reclamation stage observed excellent work to rebuild the
bank. Work was completed days prior to inspection very nice and clean.
Kp30+200 tlu site off ROW buffer in place. Identified in the EPP looks good

Overall was a very good inspection I appreciate the time the company
representatives and ACPP program monitors took to show us around to sites. It
was great meeting and listening to the ACPP individuals sharing there knowledge
and wisdom. Great work


Compliance tool used: No compliance tool used

Observation 3 - General construction observations

Date & time of visit: 2022-03-15 08:00

Discipline: Environmental Protection




Water crossings
Kp 4+759 WC02

Kp 8+700 Brazeau River crossing Kp 35+900 Nordegg Crossing Kp 14 + 300 WC – 06 Kp 16+500 WC – 07
Kp 44+294
Kp 39 + 851 WC  17 Tributary to North Prairie Creek Road 8
Kp 27 + 500 Active HDD site 

Sites of Indigenous Significance

Kp 33+700 TK chance find Meeting with the ACPP group

Compliance tool used: No compliance tool used

Observation 4 - Corrected Non-Compliance (CNC #1) - Diesel drip at HDD fuel storage

Date & time of visit: 2022-03-16 14:00

Discipline: Environmental Protection




Inspection team observed diesel staining on diesel storage tank Unit # 10367 and leaking drip catcher containment receptacle. 

Compliance tool used: Corrected Non-compliance (CNC)

Regulatory requirement:

Relevant section(s):

Company action required:

Company will control source of leaking diesel as well as cleanup released product in this area.

Due date: 2022-03-16

Date closed: 2022-03-16
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

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