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Interpretation Response #PI-77-011 ([John W. Jewell])

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: John W. Jewell

Location State: LA Country: US

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Response text:

April 15, 1977

Mr. John W. Jewell

P.O. Box 156

New Roads, Louisiana 70760

Dear Mr. Jewell:

Congressman Long has requested that I respond to your letter of March 5, 1977, asking if there is a Federal regulation requiring that an existing pipeline be encased when a public road is constructed over the pipeline.

The Materials Transportation Bureau administers safety regulations applicable to gas and hazardous liquid pipelines under Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 192 and 195, respectively. These regulations do not require that an existing pipeline be encased when a road is constructed over the pipeline. However, in the case of gas pipelines, Sections 192.613 and 192.703(b), and in the case of liquid pipelines, Section 195.402, require that when the operator of a pipeline, the operator must take appropriate remedial action. Applying this rule to the situation of rad construction over an existing pipeline, an operator would be obligated to correct any unsafe condition which occurs during construction of the road. The corrective action, if necessary, might include encasement or any other appropriate safety measure such as deeper burial of the line.

Copies of Parts 192 and 195 are enclosed for your reference in this matter.

If I can be of any further assistance, please let me know.


James T. Curtis, Jr.


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
192.613 Continuing surveillance