As part of its mandate, the National Energy Board (NEB) regulates the construction, operation, and abandonment of interprovincial and international pipelines. The primary legislation which directly and indirectly addresses reclamation of NEB lines are the National Energy Board Act and the associated Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999, and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The NEB uses a life cycle approach to pursue appropriate reclamation of disturbed rights of way. Initially, reclamation related issues are addressed at the application stage. Subsequent to the application process, the actual implementation of reclamation measures occurs during construction of the line. Success of reclamation is monitored during the operational life of a line through inspection and auditing procedures, with additional measures being implemented as necessary.

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