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Ohio Gas Pipeline Regulation Updates

[Docket No. BOEM-2012-0076]

The Ohio Public Utilities Commission updated their gas pipeline safety rules located in Chapter 16 of Title 4901 on January 21, 2015. In addition to minor editorial changes, the following more significant items were updated:

  • Added a requirement to rule 4901:1-16-04 to utilize leak detection equipment when classifying leaks. The regulation defines leak detection equipment as any device capable of detecting and measuring the concentration of natural gas in the atmosphere. All grade one leaks that are repaired or reclassified, other than by the replacement of the affected section of pipe, must be reevaluated after allowing the soil to vent and stabilize within 30 days of the physical action.
  • Revised the reporting thresholds for construction projects in rule 4901:1-16-06 from $200,000 to $500,000; or from $30,000 to $100,000 when the amount is more than ten percent of the value of the operator’s intrastate gas pipeline.
  • Added another requirement under rule 4901:1-16-06 for distribution operators to incorporate new construction, including riser installation, as part of their operator qualification requirements in accordance with 49 CFR 192 Subpart N, as effective on the date referenced in paragraph (D) of rule 4901:1-16-02.

For a copy of the full regulation, contact Jessica Foley.