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Interpretation Response #PI-75-0103 ([Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company] [Mr. Howard E. Boller])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company

Individual Name: Mr. Howard E. Boller

Location State: DE Country: US

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Response text:

Mr. Howard E. Boller
General Superintendent
Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company
P.O. Box 615
Dover, Delaware 19901

Dear Mr. Boller:

This responds to your letter of April 18, 1975, regarding construction of a public road over an existing gas pipeline. You ask what criteria should be used in determining whether the pipeline should remain in place or be relocated.

The Federal gas pipeline safety standards in 49 CFR Part 192 (copy enclosed) for the design, installation, and testing of pipelines would not apply to the existing pipeline unless it is replace, relocated, or otherwise changed as a result of constructing the road. Standards for operation and maintenance of the pipeline in 49 CFR 192.613 and 192.703(b) would require, however, that the pipeline be evaluated for safety purposes as a result of the road construction and appropriate remedial action taken, if necessary, in accord with those sections.

The Federal safety standards would not require that the pipeline be relocated as a result of the road construction. In determining what other protective measures may be necessary, you should consider the types and magnitudes of all anticipated road construction. Various causes of external forces which you should consider include: unstable soils, floods, movement by heavy construction or maintenance equipment, and direct damage by construction equipment.

We trust this satisfactorily answers your inquiry.


Joseph C. Caldwell
Office of Pipeline Safety

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
192.613 Continuing surveillance
192.703 General