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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Toronto, ON, July 15, 2019) –
Following a Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) investigation, Quebec company Excavation L’Oiselle recently pled guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa to two counts of damaging a natural gas pipeline, contrary to the Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems Regulation (Ontario 210/01).

Charges were laid against the company after a TSSA inspector’s investigation of two separate incidents of pipeline damage in Ottawa, Ontario. The first occurrence involved damage to a natural gas pipeline during excavation on Lavergne Street, resulting in the evacuation of ten houses and the temporary discontinuation of gas service to the entire street during repairs.

In the second case, the company was excavating for a new road base on Jolliet Avenue after replacing the sewer and water lines when they severed and damaged a natural gas pipeline with mechanical equipment. At no time was the company authorized to interfere with or damage the pipeline at either location. They were sentenced to $25,000 in fines, plus the mandatory 25% victim fine surcharge, for a total of $31,250.

“Hitting a pipeline with pressurized gas is a significant risk to public safety,” said John Marshall, Director of TSSA’s Fuels Safety Program. “It can cause explosions, damage, injury and death. That’s why Ontario has stringent laws around pipeline safety, including rules to obtain a valid locate before breaking ground and to hand-dig within one metre of utility markings.”

TSSA reminds the public that any excavation work must comply with Ontario’s safety laws, including obtaining a valid pipeline locate from the license holder or gas utility before breaking ground and not using mechanical equipment while digging within one metre of a pipeline. Free locates can be obtained from Ontario One Call at 1-800-400-2255, or by visiting http://on1call.com.

Ontario Regulation 210/01 prohibits interfering with or damaging a pipeline. Any damage and/or subsequent release of gas should be immediately reported to the Ministry of Environment’s Spills Action Centre at 1-800-268-6060 or by contacting TSSA toll-free at 1-877-682-8772.