DECOMMISSIONING-2: Past contamination, future land use set abandonment time line

Historical contamination and future land-use plans for an abandoned pipeline location and its facilities can significantly affect the time line of leave-to-abandon proceedings.Part 1 of this article provided an overview of Canada’s National Energy Board’s regulatory requirements and responsibilities with respect to pipeline abandonment, typical environmental issues associated with pipeline abandonment, and types and examples of pipeline abandonment addressed by NEB prior to the Yukon Pipeline Ltd. (YPL) case.Part 2 of the series, presented here, provides a detailed case study of the abandonment and remediation of the YPL pipeline and its pump stations. The article’s conc...

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