Prior to construction, we secure rights to strips of land called rights-of-way. While we maintain right-of-way easements for the life of the project, we work with landowners to address any concerns caused by pipeline activities.
Landowners retain ownership of the land and can continue to farm or ranch. There will be some restrictions placed on the easement to ensure the safety of the pipeline, including keeping the land free and clear of brush, trees and permanent structures on the right-of-way. We provide landowners with notice prior to clearing the right-of-way for construction.
The permanent right-of-way for the Keystone XL Project in the U.S. is 50 feet wide and approximately 13 meters in Canada.
Did you know?
We have been internationally recognized for:
- Being one of the first companies to apply horizontal directional drilling versus open cut for larger river crossings
- Pioneering the use of innovative winter construction techniques through short grass prairie ecosystems to ensure minimal impacts
- Investing significantly in the preservation and enhancement of endangered species habitats
- Adopting and developing new technology to make our pipelines more energy efficient and reduce greenhouse gas emissions