DECOMMISSIONING-Conclusion: Regulators must possess early risk-assessment understanding

It is essential that pipeline regulators considering risk-based remediation plans understand early the nature and complexity of the risk assessment to be performed as part of abandonment and whether or not this approach is conducive to unconditional closure of a site.In Canada, such understanding is particularly important when an application for abandonment pursuant to the National Energy Board (NEB) Act is being considered, as the Board’s jurisdiction terminates as soon as a pipeline is legally abandoned. If the risk-based remediation plan is considered a mitigation measure pursuant to Section 20 of the CEA Act, then the NEB still has a responsibility to ensure that it is implement...

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