Enbridge’s pipeline system is an extensive network of buried pipelines and above-ground facilities such as storage tanks, pumping and compressor stations.
The system crosses thousands of properties as it travels across the continent.
A right-of-way (ROW) is a strip of land usually between 18 metres (60 feet) and 36 metres (120 feet) wide, containing one or more pipelines. The ROW:
- Allows our workers access for inspection, maintenance, testing or in an emergency.
- Identifies an area where certain activities are prohibited to protect public safety and the integrity of the pipeline.
While permanent pipeline markers are located at roads, railways and other intervals along the ROW, these show only the approximate location of the buried pipelines. The depth and location of the pipelines vary within the ROW. The ROW exists in many kinds of ecosystems from river crossings and cultivated fields to sub-Arctic tundra and urban areas. Because of this, there is no distinct look to the ROW.
Pipeline rights-of-way are acquired from landowners, other utilities or government entities by obtaining an easement, permit, license, or, in limited cases, through purchase.