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Proposed Changes to Gas Pipeline Regulations in Maine

[Docket No. 2010-106]

The Public Utilities Commission in Maine has initiated a rulemaking to repeal and replace Chapter 420 of its rules on safety standards for natural gas transmission and distribution systems and liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities. The proposed Chapter 420 includes the federal requirements that the Commission must enforce as a certified agent of DOT. Furthermore, it contains additional requirements that have been enacted by other states and recommendations promulgated by PHMSA in order to more vigorously protect the public. Additionally, the proposed rule clarified how federal gas transmission and distribution system safety standards will be applied in Maine. The affected sections include: Scope, Definitions, Damage Prevention, Emergency Procedures, Installation and Maintenance Standards, Operations Standards, Documentation and Reporting Requirements, Enforcement Procedures, and Federal Regulation Waivers.

Jurisdictional liquefied propane gas (LPG) facility safety and operations standards will hereafter be contained in a new rule, Chapter 421. The proposed Chapter 421 is currently under consideration in Docket No. 2009 392.

A public hearing has been scheduled for May 20, 2010 in the Commission’s Worster Hearing Room at 1:00 p.m. This rulemaking will be conducted according to the procedures set forth in 5 M.R.S.A. §§ 8051-8058.

Written comments on the proposed revisions are due by June 21, 2010, and should refer to Docket No. 2010-106. Submit comments to the Administrative Director, Public Utilities Commission, 18 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333 0018, or may be filed electronically.