Gas Utilities Docket No. 9665
The Texas Railroad Commission has proposed minor changes to their pipeline integrity regulations in 16 TAC §8.101 [see TR, Volume 31, Number 22, 06/02/2006, pages 4554-4555]. Under the existing regulations, the Commission has to approve the use of direct assessment or other technology or assessment methodology not specifically listed in the regulations. The proposed change will assign the Safety Division director as the Commission’s designee for approval of direct assessment and other integrity assessment technology methods not listed in the rule. This change will allow the staff to work more closely with the federal Office of Pipeline Safety as new technologies become available for integrity assessment.
The status of Commission rulemakings in progress is available at www.rrc.state.tx.us/rules/proposed.html.