Effective January 6, 2020, the Railroad Commission of Texas (TRRC) has made changes to accident reporting deadlines, annual report retention, and Facility Response Plan retention for intrastate Hazardous Liquids and Carbon Dioxide pipelines under 16 TAC 8D.
All annual reports required under 49 CFR 195 are to be retained by the operator, rather than submitted to the TRRC, and be available upon request by the Commission. Similarly, Facility Response Plans required under OPA 90 need not be filed concurrently with the DOT but retained and kept available upon request.
New accident reporting requirements have the operator retain accident records submitted to the DOT and provide the records to the TRRC upon request rather than submit concurrently. Operators of TRRC-regulated hazardous liquids gathering pipelines will now file with the TRRC a written report utilizing the applicable form from the DOT within 30 calendar days after the date of the accident.
For a copy of the updated 16 TAC 8D regulations, contact Jessica Foley.