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Texas Proposed Rule – Discontinuation of Service

The Railroad Commission of Texas has withdrawn its proposal to adopt new �8.340, relating to Discontinuance of Service, published in the October 25, 2002, issue of the Texas Register, and is proposing new �8.240, relating to Discontinuance of Service, which applies when a natural gas service customer ceases taking service at a particular location. The revised proposed new rule supplements the federal pipeline safety rule, found at 49 CFR �192.727(d), and provides more detailed direction to providers of natural gas service with respect to the time for complying with the federal safety standard.

As revised, proposed new �8.240 requires that upon receiving notification from a customer to discontinue natural gas service at that customer’s service location, each provider of natural gas service must take one of the three steps specified in 49 CFR �192.727(d) within 15 days. A provider of natural gas service is not required to take any of the three steps specified in 49 CFR �192.727(d) if the natural gas service provider is notified to transfer natural gas service to another customer or if there is information filed with the gas company to transfer the service to the owner or manager of the service location during an interim time period. The revised proposed new rule also sets forth requirements for the operator to notify the customer regarding the “turn off” time frame as well as requiring closure procedures to be included in the operations and maintenance manual.

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to Rules Coordinator, Office of General Counsel, Railroad Commission of Texas, P.O. Box 12967, Austin, Texas 78711-2967; online at; or by electronic mail to The Commission will accept comments until April 14, 2003. Comments should refer to Gas Utilities Docket No. 9336. For further information, call Mary McDaniel at (512) 463-7058. The status of Commission rulemakings in progress is available at The complete rule proposal can be downloaded from RCP’s website here through the DOT Gateway.