[House Bill 866]
The State of Texas, House Bill 866, was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott and will take effect immediately. HB866 requires natural gas pipeline operators to remove all cast-iron pipes from their systems by December 31, 2021, and prohibits the future use of cast iron, wrought iron or bare steel pipeline in the State of Texas. HB866 also requires operators of distribution gas pipeline systems to:
- Develop and implement a risk-based program for the removal or replacement of underground distribution gas pipeline facilities; and,
- Annually remove or replace at least 8% (an increase from 5%) of underground distribution gas pipelines posing the greatest risk in the system and identified for replacement under the program.