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Interpretation Response #PI-01-0112 ([ExxonMobil Production Company] [Mr. T. S. Brooks])

Below is the interpretation response detail and a list of regulations sections applicable to this response.

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: ExxonMobil Production Company

Individual Name: Mr. T. S. Brooks

Location State: LA Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

U.S. Department of Transportation
Research and Special Programs Administration
400 Seventh St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20590

June 14, 2001

Mr. T. S. Brooks
Exxon Mobil Production Company
U.S. East
P.O. Box 61707
New Orleans, LA 70161-1707

Dear Mr. Brooks:

In your letter of March 23, 2001, you requested an interpretation of safety jurisdiction for pipelines carrying natural gas and petroleum-based hazardous liquids between production platforms located entirely on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the Gulf of Mexico. You noted that they are regulated by the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) as production facilities. These pipelines are supplied from a shore-based facility to the first platform on the OCS through pipelines that are regulated by the Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) under provisions of 49 CFR Parts 192 and 195.

We agree that pipelines between production platforms on the OCS are exempt from the pipeline safety jurisdiction of OPS. The pipeline safety regulations at 49 CFR §§ 192.2(b)(5) and 195.1(b)(6) exempt pipelines located on the OCS upstream of the point where operating responsibility transfers from a producing operator to a transporting operator.

If you need further assistance, please call me at (202) 366-4565.

Sincerely yours,

Richard D. Huriaux, P.E.
Manager, Regulations
Office of Pipeline Safety

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
192.1 What is the scope of this part?