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Interpretation Response #PI-75-023 ([Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company] [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: Howard E. Boller

Location State: DE Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

May 29, 1975

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.

Under the circumstances of a pending road construction, the Federal gas pipeline safety standards
in 49 CFR 192.613 and 192.703(b) require that the pipeline be evaluated for safety and
appropriate remedial or protective measures taken, if necessary, in accord with those sections. In
determining what measures may be necessary, you should consider the types and magnitudes of all
anticipated external forces which may be applied to the pipeline during and after the road
construction. Various causes of external forces which you should consider include: unstable
soils, floods, traffic, movement by heavy construction or maintenance equipment, and direct
damage by construction equipment.

If it is decided that a portion of the pipeline should be replaced, relocated or otherwise changed to
protect it against likely external forces, that replacement, relocation, or change must comply with
the requirements in 49 CFR Part 192 applicable to design, installation, and testing of pipelines.

We trust this satisfactorily answers your inquiry.


Joseph C. Caldwell
Office of Pipeline Safety

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
192.703 General