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Interpretation Response #PI-76-0116

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

Interpretation Response Details

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Location State: CA Country: US

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Response text:

192.3 SERVICLI                                                                                      
Mr. Dan Crace
Director of Maintenance/Contracting
Barcelon-Burger Management Corp.
180 Harbor Drive, Suite 230
Sausalito, California 94965

Dear Mr. Crace:
This responds to your letter of September 24, 1876, to our Western Regional Office, asking whether
the Federal gas pipeline safety standards in 49 CFR Part 192 apply to pipelines located downstream  
from  a  meter  in  a cooperative housing project.    Your letter indicates  that  the residents of
the project are members of the cooperative.  As members, the residents share ownership of the
pipelines and the costs of purchasing and delivering the gas to themselves.

Section 102.3 provides that the Federal standards apply to pipelines used in the transportation of
gas to a customer meter or the connection to a customer's piping, whichever is farther downstream.  
A customer meter is a meter which measures the transfer of gas to the consumer of the gas.  In the
cooperative housing project which you describe, the members of the cooperative are consumers of the
gas.  Thus, the meter which transfers gas to the cooperative is a "customer meter."  Since the
cooperative owns the piping downstream from the meter, in accordance with Section 192.3, the
jurisdiction of Part 192 does not apply to the piping owned by the cooperative.

We trust this satisfactorily responds to your inquiry.
Cesar DeLeon Acting Director Office of Pipeline Safety Operations

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
192.3 Definitions