The Texas Railroad Commission has published a revised regulation concerning Public Education and Liaison for gas and liquid pipelines. This revised proposal replaces the proposal issued on September 27, 2002 (see our October, 2002 newsletter). The revised proposal requires that pipeline operators or their agents communicate and conduct liaison activities with fire, police, and other appropriate public emergency response officials. The operator / agent must attempt a personal meeting, following the procedures described in the rule. Failing a personal meeting, a conference call can be made. Failing a conference call, the required information can be submitted via Certified Mail.
In addition, gas pipelines within 1,000 feet of a public school building or recreational area will be required to submit certain information to the TRRC.
Liquid pipelines within 1,000 feet of a public school building or recreational area will be required to consult with the fire department in whose jurisdiction the school is located or another appropriate local emergency response entity regarding the emergency response plan prepared as required by 49 CFR Part 195; and must present the plan annually to the board of trustees of the school district in which the school is located.
Operators must keep records of these activities for 5 years.
The complete proposal can be downloaded from RCP’s website here through the DOT Gateway.