Luncheon - Pipeline Plain Talk Series Part 3 - Abandonment & Reclamation: Pipeline Company Obligations (PSL®)


  • October 19, 2017 from 11:30am to 1:30pm


All land professionals with responsibility for managing and advising on land and other stakeholder matters to support pipeline decommissioning, abandonment and reclamation.


Part 3 of the Pipeline Plain Talk Series will explore matters related to Pipeline decommissioning, abandonment and reclamation from owner/operator and stakeholder perspectives. This 1.5 hour seminar will focus on Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and National Energy Board (NEB) provisions for pipeline abandonment. Stakeholder, environmental, legal and financial aspects of pipeline abandonment will also be discussed.

Key Take-Aways:

After completing this seminar, participants will receive the following "take-aways":

  1. Provincial and federal requirements for pipeline decommissioning, abandonment and reclamation
  2. Pipeline abandonment options including pipeline removal (completely or partially) and pipeline abandonment in place.
  3. Expectations are for landowners and stakeholder engagement and what potential issues and concerns to prepare for.
  4. National Energy Board Abandonment Funding Program and other financial considerations.
  5. Legal issues related to pipeline abandonment and post-pipeline abandonment.

Registration includes a light lunch and beverages.


Nicole Aitken

Nicole has 20 years experience in the energy industry with expertise in stakeholder engagement, reputation risk management, and occupational health and safety. Prior to starting her own company, she was serving as the Community Relations Director for TransCanada Pipelines Limited where she managed a team of over 40 professionals and oversaw the completion of significant regulatory filings for stakeholder engagement programs associated with a $46 billion capital project portfolio. Nicole assists clients on the strategic management of stakeholder matters arising from the construction and operation of natural gas and liquids pipelines in Canada and the United States. Her direct experience with developing the Keystone Pipeline involved applications with the National Energy Board, U.S. Department of State, North Dakota Public Service Commission, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, Illinois Commerce Commission, Texas Railroad Commission, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, and Nebraska Public Service Commission. Nicole has been trained as an expert witness and has been an industry speaker for the International Right of Way Association, Young Professionals and University of Alberta Industrial Safety and Loss Management Program.

Tamara Bews

Tamara has 20 years of commercial-regulatory experience in the energy, transportation and agricultural industries. Tamara has practiced primarily in the energy regulatory area (upstream and midstream) for the past twelve years, including in-house at TransCanada Pipelines Limited and the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (now the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)). She has advised clients on various energy, aboriginal and environmental matters involving different provincial and federal authorities including: Alberta Energy Regulator, Alberta Utilities Commission, British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission, Saskatchewan Energy and Resources (now Saskatchewan Economy), Indian Oil and Gas Canada, and the National Energy Board. Tamara has represented clients in significant regulatory applications before the AER, the National Energy Board; and judicial review application before the Alberta Court of Appeal. Tamara acted as a session chair and reviewer for Track 1 Technical Program: Pipelines Safety Management Systems for the 2016 International Pipeline Conference and Exposition held in Calgary, Alberta.

CAPL Credits: 2 Credits
AAPL Credits: 2 Credits
Fee: CAPL Member $50 plus GST
  Non-Member $70 plus GST
This course is Complete.