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Interpretation Response #PI-76-0105

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Interpretation Response Details

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May 26, 1976

Mr. J. L. LeBlanc
Eastern Production Division
Chevron Oil Company
P.O. Box 6056
New Orleans, Louisiana 70174

Dear Mr. LeBlanc:

This refers to your letter of March 19, 1976, requesting a waiver from compliance with the 48-inch cover requirements of 49 CFR 195.248(a) regarding the construction of a 12-3/4 inch crude oil pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico.

As Mr. Furrow of this office advised Mr. Gibilterra by phone on April 15, 1976, it appears from the information contained in your letter that the proposed burial method No. 2 would comply with Section 195.248(b) and thereby obviated the need for a waiver.  Our rationale for this finding is that (a) the difficulties which you describe in attaining the 48 inches of cover required by Section 195.248(a) represent and “impracticable” situation within the meaning of Section 195.248(b)(1) and , (2) the method of installation and cement bags to be used will provide theaadditional protection required by Section 195.248(b)(2).

Cesar DeLeon
Acting Director
Office of Pipeline
Safety Operations


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
195.248 Cover over buried pipeline