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Interpretation Response #PI-75-0102 ([Mr. E. Neil Wagstaff])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name:

Individual Name: Mr. E. Neil Wagstaff

Location State: UT Country: US

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Response text:

March 6, 1975

Mr. E. Neil Wagstaff
P.O. Box 233
Provo, UT 84601

Dear Mr. Wagstaff:

This responds to your letter of February 5, 1975, in which you ask us to verify your contention that pipelines in your mobile home park at 801 South State Street, Provo, Utah, are not a gas distribution system subject to 49 CFR Part 192.

Based on the information contained in your letter, which indicates that gas is delivered to each tenant's mobile home where it is burned in gas utilization equipment, we cannot agree that your operation is not under the jurisdiction of Part 192. You concede that Part 192 applies to the transportation of gas by pipeline until the gas is sold and delivered to a consumer. At the same time, you argue that insofar as gas is burned in your equipment to furnish each tenant heat and hot water, you, rather than each tenant, are the ultimate consumer of the gas; and, therefore, your distribution pipelines are not subject to Part 192.

While your argument is valid in some cases, it does not appear appropriate to the situation at your mobile home park. It appears that you are selling gas to tenants for part of the rent money and delivering it to piping and gas utilization equipment in the possession of each tenant under a lease from you. Ownership of the gas, with the right to use it, is transferred to each tenant when the gas enters piping and equipment in the tenant's possession. At that point the transportation of gas subject to Part 192 ends. While the gas is in your possession, it must be transported according to the safety requirements of Part 192. The fact that you are the ultimate owner of the tenant's piping and gas utilization equipment does not nullify each tenant's right under a lease from you to possess and consume the gas.

Since the conclusion herein is not based on the use of gas cooking ranges, their removal from tenants' mobile homes would not alter the applicability of Part 192 to your operation.

Sincerely,

Joseph C. Caldwell
Director
Office of Pipeline Safety

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
192.1 What is the scope of this part?