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TRRC Proposed Amendments 16 TAC §8.201 – 20 More Inspectors?

The Railroad Commission of Texas (TRRC) proposes to amend 16 TAC §8.201, relating to Pipeline Safety and Regulatory Program Fees, to implement provisions of Senate Bill 1, 83rd Legislature (2013). Senate Bill 1 authorizes 20 additional full-time equivalent employees for pipeline safety activities, including inspection of intrastate pipeline and pipeline facilities, with an appropriation of $2,631,828.

TRRC also proposes to increase the pipeline safety and regulatory program fee from $0.75 to $1.00 annually for each service (service line) reported to be in service at the end of each calendar year, as required by the contingent appropriation in Senate Bill 1. Natural gas utilities affected by the proposed amendments are authorized to recover pipeline safety and regulatory program fees from their customers by applying an annual surcharge to customer bills.

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to Rules Coordinator, Office of General Counsel, Railroad Commission of Texas, online or via email. Comments should refer to Gas Utilities Docket No. 10288. TRRC will accept comments until 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Monday, September 23, 2013, which is 31 days after publication in the Texas Register. The status of pending TRRC rulemakings is available at