Operating vehicles/equipment across a pipeline

The natural gas pipeline is designed and installed at a depth that prevents damage due to normal farming activities. The guidelines below identify what is permitted and not permitted in crossing the Minell pipeline. Requirements for other areas will vary due to differences in pipe size, material characteristics and operating pressures.

For information or to review vehicles or equipment that fall outside the Minell pipeline example listed below:

Crossing the Minell Pipeline

The Minell pipeline is a transmission pressure pipeline which runs south from Russell to approximately 20 km southwest of St. Lazare, crossing into Saskatchewan. It differs from our other pipelines in that part of it is located outside our province. As federally regulated, it observes a 30-metre safety zone outside of the right of way (ROW) that restricts activities that could damage pipelines and possibly cause a leak or rupture that could endanger the public or harm the environment.

Crossing of the Minell pipeline in the ROW is permitted where:

  • ploughing or tilling does not disturb more than 30 cm;
  • vehicles where the ground pressure from the wheel load is less than 100 Kpa;
  • vehicles with maximum axle weight of loaded equipment is less than 14,500 kg.

Crossing of the Minell pipeline ROW is NOT permitted where:

  • the soil is rutting more than 15 cm from the equipment (ground conditions vary due to weather and soil moisture content);
  • activities are undertaken that will result in the removal of cover over the pipeline.

If the installation of field drainage is necessary, please contact us for assistance in determining what work is acceptable.

Information on the maximum axle load or ground pressure of equipment is available from the manufacturer. The maximum single axle loading of standard trucks that comply with the requirements for Manitoba Infrastructure is 9,100 kg.