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The Saskatchewan Environmental Code - Hydrostatic Testing Chapter Amendments

The Hydrostatic Testing Chapter of the Saskatchewan Environmental Code came into force on June 1, 2015. Since then, the Ministry of Environment has received 108 notifications of hydrostatic testing with 86 following the alternative solution route and 22 following the acceptable solution route.

As the chapter has been in use for more than two years, there have been some amendments requested by industry. The Ministry of Environment engaged with limited stakeholders in January 2018 and again in April 2018 on the amendments in an effort to better understand the concerns and issues with the chapter and attain feedback to help inform the amendments.

The Saskatchewan Environmental Code Advisory Committee has recommended the following amendments to the Minister of Environment:

  • Addition of application of the code chapter to the midstream oil and gas industry;
  • Exemption of bench (shop) type testing;
  • Replacing the pipe diameter size requirement with discharge volume for the alternative solution;
  • Tank-to-tank (closed system) type tests can go through the acceptable solution;
  • Additional requirement for calibration of field test equipment;
  • Requirement for backflow prevention device for source water intake;
  • Extending the range of pH from 6-8 to 6-9 for field tests; and
  • Addition of new definitions.

The detailed proposed amendments, with comments, are included in

  • Hydrostatic Testing Chapter proposed amendments – comments

A copy of the chapter without comments can be found in:

  • Hydrostatic Testing Chapter proposed amendments – clean

The survey is now closed. Results will be posted in February 2019.

The ministry, in consultation with the Lands Content Committee, will review the responses and report back on what we heard. The document will be emailed to stakeholders and posted on the Government of Saskatchewan website early in the new year.

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