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Interpretation Response #PI-71-0107 ([Mr. Edward A. Declerck] [Security National Bank Building])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Mr. Edward A. Declerck

Individual Name: Security National Bank Building

Location State: OK Country: US

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Response text:


April 28, 1971

Mr. Edward A. Declerck
Attorney at Law
Security National Bank Building
P.O. Box 1029
Enid, Oklahoma 73701

Dear Mr. DeClerck:

This is in reply to your letter of March 26, 1971, requesting a copy of the safety regulations pertaining to liquid pipelines and inquiring whether these regulations require that no building in which people congregate be erected within 50 feet of the pipeline.

We are enclosing copies of 49 CFR Part 195, Transportation of Liquids by Pipeline, with all amendments to the date of this letter. These regulations consist of requirements for design, construction, operation and maintenance of liquid pipelines.

Section 195.210, relating to pipeline location states that no pipeline may be located within 50 feet of any private dwelling or any industrial building or place of public assembly, unless it is provided with at least 12 inches of cover in addition to that prescribed in section 195.248. This requirement pertains to the construction of pipelines and not to pipelines in existence at the time of other types of construction. Section 195.248 provides for 36 inches of cover over buried pipeline in industrial, commercial, or residential areas. Our regulations apply to pipelines and do not purport to apply to buildings or other constructions.

None of the developer's proposals violate Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

With reference to the points raised on page 2 of your letter, your attention is also directed to section 195.250 (clearance between pipe and underground structures) and section 195.256 (crossing of railroads and highways).

It is our understanding that the loan insurance program of the Federal Housing Administration contains restrictions concerning proximity of dwellings to pipelines, and if you wish to determine whether any of these provisions are applicable to your situation, you should contact the regional office located at 301 N. Hudson Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, telephone number: (area code 405) 231-4891.

We hope this information is helpful, and if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.


Original signed by
Joseph C. Caldwell
Acting Director
Office of Pipeline Safety

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
195.210 Pipelines location