The Government of Saskatchewan governs the licensing process of transmission pipelines that are located entirely within the province.
The Pipelines Act, 1998 (the Act) and The Pipelines Regulations, 2000 provide authority to regulate the design, construction, operation, discontinuation and abandonment of oil, natural gas and other transmission pipelines in accordance with the latest CSA (Canadian Standards Association) Z662, for Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems as follows:
- Pipelines downstream from a gathering facility are subject to the licensing provisions of the Act.
- Interprovincial and international pipelines traversing Saskatchewan are regulated by the National Energy Board (NEB) under the National Energy Board Act and the Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999.
- Natural gas distribution lines are regulated by SaskEnergy under The SaskEnergy Act.
- Flowlines are exempt from the licensing provisions of the Act; however, flowlines must meet the minimum requirements for the design, construction, operation and abandonment of flowlines as outlined in the latest CSA Z662 standards for Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems. In addition, flowlines fall under the Surface Rights Board of Arbitration.