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20.57.02.00.htm 20.57.02.00. Title 20 PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION Subtitle 57 PIPELINE SAFETY ENFORCEMENT Chapter 02 Enforcement and Penalties Authority: State Government Article, §7-207(a) Public Utilities Article, §2-113, 2-117(a) 2-121, 5-101, 5-304, 11-102, 12-101―12-113, and 13-203; Annotated Code of Maryland
20.57.02.01.htm 20.57.02.01. 01 Inspections.. The Division may conduct periodic inspections of records and property in the possession, custody, or control of a gas company or gas master meter operator to determine compliance with the federal Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act, 49 U.S.C. §1671 et seq. as amended, which is incorporated by reference, or Public Utilities Article, Annotated Code of Maryland.
20.57.02.02.htm 20.57.02.02. 02 Inspection Follow-Up ― Specific Information Request.. A. After a complaint, report, or inspection, the Division may send a gas company or gas master meter operator a specific information request.B. A gas company or gas master meter operator shall respond within 5 working days after receipt of a specific information request relating to a possible reportable incident under COMAR 20.55.01.04B(9)C. Except as provided under §B of this regulation, a gas company or gas mas
20.57.02.03.htm 20.57.02.03. 03 Reportable Incident Investigation.. A. After a reportable incident, the Division may:. 1) Interview personnel;. 2) View equipment or pipe;. 3) Request issuance of a subpoena for production of equipment or pipe relating to the incident for independent preservation;4) Order independent laboratory tests of equipment or pipe;. 5) View related documents; or. 6) Take other investigative measures as needed to complete a comprehensive independent investigation.B. A gas company or gas m
20.57.02.04.htm 20.57.02.04. 04 Reportable Incident Testing.. A. Testing.. 1) After a reportable incident, a gas company or gas master meter operator shall conduct the following minimum tests:a) The perimeter of the area involved in the incident shall be leak surveyed using a subsurface gas detection survey as prescribed in the GPTC Guide For Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Systems 1990-91, Volume One, Guide Material Appendix G-11 or G-11A, which is incorporated by reference in COMAR 20.55.02.02; and
20.57.02.05.htm 20.57.02.05. 05 Notice of Probable Violation.. A. General.. 1) The Division may issue a NOPV upon finding good cause to believe a violation of the federal Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act, 49 U.S.C. §1671 et seq. as amended, which is incorporated by reference, or Public Utilities Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, has occurred.2) The NOPV may contain a proposed compliance order.. 3) A gas company or gas master meter operator shall respond in writing within 30 days after receipt of a NOPV.
20.57.02.06.htm 20.57.02.06. 06 Review by Chief Engineer.. If a gas company or gas master meter operator objects to the proposed compliance order or civil penalty and submits a written explanation, information, or other materials in response to a NOPV, the chief engineer shall review the submissions and determine whether to negotiate further, modify, or withdraw the NOPV, or file a complaint under Public Utilities Article, §3-102, Annotated Code of Maryland.
20.57.02.07.htm 20.57.02.07. 07 Consent Order.. A. Before the issuance of a compliance order, the Division may execute a consent order jointly with a gas company or gas master meter operator.B. An executed consent order shall contain:. 1) An admission by a gas company or gas master meter operator of all jurisdictional facts; and. 2) A description of any action required by a gas company or gas master meter operator and the time by which the actions shall be accomplished.
20.57.02.08.htm 20.57.02.08. 08 Civil Penalties.. A. Procedure. Following an investigation and a determination by the Division that there exists good cause to believe that a gas company or gas master meter operator violated minimum pipeline safety requirements, the Division may assess or negotiate a civil penalty under Public Utilities Article, §13-203, Annotated Code of Maryland.B. Penalty Considerations. In proposing a civil penalty, the Division shall consider the criteria stated in Public Utilities
20.57.02.09.htm 20.57.02.09. 09 Hazardous Facility Notice.. A. General. After an inspection, report, or complaint, the Division may find a particular facility to be hazardous to life or property if the Division determines that:1) The equipment, material, or technique used in the construction of the pipeline facility or its components poses a hazard to life or property; or2) The operation of the pipeline facility poses a hazard to life or property.. B. Determining Factors. In determining a facility
20.57.02.9999.htm 20.57.02.9999. Administrative History Effective date: December 9, 1991 (18:24 Md. R. 2645). Regulation .01 amended effective March 26, 2007 (34:6 Md. R. 629). Regulation .04A amended effective January 15, 1996 (23:1 Md. R. 36). Regulation .05A amended effective March 26, 2007 (34:6 Md. R. 629).
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