The land may be used for most residential, commercial, or agricultural purposes provided this usage does not interfere with the safe operation, maintenance, inspection, and repair of the pipeline or obstruct access to and along the right of way. Permanent structures cannot be placed on the right of way/easement because they obstruct access and impair the Company's ability to safely operate and maintain the pipeline.
Obstructions may include, but are not limited to:
- Mobile homes,
- Tool sheds,
- Swimming pools,
- Septic tanks and
- New leach fields or other structures that obstruct or impede access to the right of way.
Utilities, driveways, roads, fences and improved parking lots may generally be placed over and across the pipeline easement, provided they meet certain criteria required to protect the pipeline.
For example, U.S. DOT regulations require Spectra Energy to provide a safe cover over the pipeline. Accordingly, the grade over the pipeline typically cannot be reduced.
Spectra Energy encourages you to contact us at 1-888-293-7867 early in the planning process to discuss your proposal and determine what, if anything, may be required to work or place improvements near or across our pipelines.