For the purpose of protecting the public safety with respect to intrastate pipe-lines used by any operator:
(A) The public utilities commission shall:
(1) Adopt, and may amend or rescind, rules to carry out sections 4905.90 to 4905.96 of the Revised Code, including rules concerning pipe-line safety, drug testing, and enforcement procedures. The commission shall adopt these rules only after notice and opportunity for public comment. The rules adopted under this division and any orders issued under sections 4905.90 to 4905.96 of the Revised Code constitute the pipe-line safety code. The commission shall administer and enforce that code.
(2) Make certifications and reports to the United States department of transportation as required under the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act;
(B) The commission may:
(2) Investigate any intrastate pipe-line transportation facility to determine if it is hazardous to life or property, as provided in 82 Stat. 720 (1968), 49 U.S.C.A. App. 1679b(b)(2) and (3);
(3) Investigate the existence or report of any safety-related condition that involves any intrastate pipe-line transportation facility;
(4) Enter into and perform contracts or agreements with the United States department of transportation to inspect interstate transmission facilities pursuant to the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act;
(5) Accept grants-in-aid, cash, and reimbursements provided for or made available to this state by the federal government to carry out the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act or to enforce sections 4905.90 to 4905.96 of the Revised Code and the pipe-line safety code. All such grants-in-aid, cash, and reimbursements shall be deposited to the credit of the gas pipe-line safety fund, which is hereby created in the state treasury, to be used by the commission for the purpose of carrying out this section.
(6) Enter into a cooperative agreement or a memorandum of understanding with another state agency for consultation services and the exchange of advice and technical expertise to assist the commission in exercising its regulatory authority under section 4905.04 of the Revised Code, provided that no such agreement or memorandum of understanding shall:
(b) Diminish the sole and exclusive authority of the commission under section 4905.04 of the Revised Code.
(C) With the exception of gas gathering pipelines and processing plant gas stub pipelines, the commission's regulation of gathering lines shall conform to the regulation of gathering lines in 49 C.F.R. 192 and 199, as amended, and the commission's annual certification agreements with the United States department of transportation, except that rule 4901:1-16-03, paragraph (D) of rule 4901:1-16-05, and rule 4901:1-16-06 of the Ohio Administrative Code shall also apply to gathering lines. The procedural rules under chapter 4901:1-16 of the Ohio Administrative Code shall also apply to operators of gathering lines that are not gathering pipelines or processing plant gas stub pipelines.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.125,SB 315, §101.01, eff. 9/10/2012.
Effective Date: 06-26-2003