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Minor Modifications to Texas Integrity Management Rule

§8.101 Pipeline Integrity Assessment and Management Plans for Natural Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipelines

(a) This section does not apply to plastic pipelines.
(b) By February 1, 2002, operators of intrastate transmission and gathering lines subject to the requirements of 49 CFR Part 192 or 49 CFR Part 195 shall have designated to the Commission on a system-by-system or segment within each system basis whether the pipeline operator has chosen to use the risk-based analysis pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subsection or the prescriptive plan authorized by paragraph (2) of this subsection. Hazardous liquid pipeline operators using the risk-based plan shall complete at least 50% of the initial assessments by January 1, 2006, and the remainder by January 1, 2011; operators using the prescriptive plan shall complete the initial integrity testing by January 1, 2006, or January 1, 2011, pursuant to the requirements of paragraph (2) of this subsection. Natural gas pipeline operators using the risk-based plan shall complete at least 50% of the initial assessments by December 17, 2007, and the remainder by December 17, 2012; operators using the prescriptive plan shall complete the initial integrity testing by December 17, 2007, or December 17, 2012, pursuant to the requirements of paragraph (2) of this subsection.
(1) The risk-based plan shall contain at a minimum:
(A)
(B)
(C) assessment of pipeline integrity using at least one of the following methods appropriate for each segment:
(i) in-line inspection;
(ii) pressure test;
(iii) direct assessment after approval by the <<Safety Division director;>> {Commission,} or
(iv) other technology or assessment methodology not specifically listed in this paragraph after approval by the <<Safety Division director.>> {Commission.}
(c)
(d)
(e) Operators of pipelines for which an integrity assessment was performed prior to <<April 30, 2001 (the effective date of this rule),  >> {the effective date of this proposed new rule} shall not be required to implement a new plan as long as the original assessment meets the minimum requirements of this section.