How the pipeline is safely exposed
If a potential flaw is identified, we evaluates the anomaly and takes the required steps to ensure the continued integrity of the pipeline – such as an integrity dig.
The first step in our process is determining the exact location for the integrity dig and notifying and cooperating with landowners.
Then our team inspects the pipeline right of way and mark and identify any other underground utility services with Alberta one-call
Then the pipeline is exposed – operators carefully strip the topsoil, followed by the other layers, preserving each layer to be re-used later. Machines are used to dig alongside the pipeline, but the pipe itself is exposed slowly and carefully by hand:
Thus, we are also very careful to adapt and consult regarding disruptive features bordering the pipeline right-of-way. That could perhaps might disturb animal movements.