A pipeline easement is a legal agreement that gives rights to the pipeline owner to access someone else’s land for the purposes of installing and maintaining a pipeline(s) in a safe and operable manner.

The landowner still owns the land and has rights of use of the land.

The registered easements specify the rights of both the landowner and First Gas relating to the land. They give First Gas the legal right to access the Easement Area, and to construct, inspect, maintain, and operate a pipeline or pipelines (and associated structures) in the Easement Area. The terms of the easements provide that there must not be any building or construction in the Easement Area, nor must a landowner unreasonably interfere with the rights of First Gas to operate its pipeline in the pipeline corridor.

To manage activities on the easements this First Gas operates a permit system to approve all works on the pipeline easement.