[CAUSE NO. RM 201800020 / NUMBER 165:20 – GAS & HAZARDOUS LIQUID PIPELINE SAFETY]
The Transportation Division of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (“Commission”) recommended that the Commission amend the Gas and Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety rules that are set forth in the Oklahoma Administrative Code (“OAC”) 165:20. The proposed rules from December 20, 2018, have been revised. In addition to misc. updates and amendments which mostly follow federal pipeline safety changes, the proposed rule changes include these additions:
- OAC 165:20-17-6 would be added as a new permanent rule requiring operators to provide additional information to excavators.
- OAC 165:20-17-7 would be added as a new permanent rule listing requirements for reporting damages.
- OAC 165:20-17-8 would be added as a new permanent rule requiring a written report of damages caused by excavation.
- OAC 165:20-17-9 would be added as a new permanent rule outlining the procedure for filing a complaint against an excavator for failing to comply with the Oklahoma Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Act.
The Commission is amending the operator obligations under the Oklahoma Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Act. An operator must notify the excavator of the size and material of an active underground facility. Additionally, operators must notify the Commission’s Pipeline Safety Department within one hour of confirmed discovery of damage as well as submit a semi-annual damage summary report. Complaints against an excavator or pipeline operator for failure to comply can be made to the Commission’s Pipeline Safety Department.
The Commission invites all interested persons to submit comments regarding the proposed changes to the Rules on or before February 20, 2019. The Commission will hold a public hearing on and consider adoption of the proposed permanent rule(s) at 9:30 a.m., February 27, 2019 in Courtroom 301 of the Jim Thorpe Office Building, 2101 North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Further information and inquiries regarding this proposed rulemaking should be directed to Michael Copeland, Deputy General Counsel, by telephone (405) 522- 1638 or by e-mail; or Darren Ferguson, Assistant General Counsel by telephone (405) 522-5491, or by e-mail.
For a copy of the revised proposed rulemaking, contact Jessica Foley.