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 Article, §13-203, Annotated Code of Maryland.
C. Payment Procedures. A gas company or gas master meter operator shall pay a civil penalty that has been proposed or compromised by submitting to the Commission a certified check or money order in the correct amount, payable to the Maryland Public Service Commission.