A right-of-way is a strip of land usually about 60 to 125 feet wide (depending on location) containing one or more pipelines. Many rights-of-way contain more than one underground pipeline. Rights-of-way exist in various locations, from river crossings to fields to urban areas. Pipeline rights-of-way are acquired from landowners, other utilities or government entities by obtaining an easement.
Pipeline rights-of-way can be identified by the pipeline markers, which include the name of the operator, emergency contact information and a general description of the product in the pipeline. Markers indicate the general location of buried pipelines and should never be used as a reference for the exact location of a pipeline. The one-call procedure must be used to properly locate pipelines prior to any soil-disturbing activity.
Pipeline rights-of-way should be kept be free of trees and permanent structures so workers can gain access for inspection, maintenance, testing or emergencies. For these reasons, paving, building permanent or temporary structures and planting deep-rooted shrubs and trees is not allowed on the right-of-way.
Information on the general location of transmission pipelines and contact information for pipeline operators is also available through the National Pipeline Mapping System.
You can get more information about right-of-way standards by contacting Enbridge.
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