24.0873 Operations—Surveillance and damage prevention.

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(a) Continuing surveillance.

(1) Each operator shall have a procedure for continuing surveillance of its facilities to determine and take appropriate action concerning changes in class location, failures, leakage, corrosion, substantial changes in cathodic protection requirements, and other unusual operating and maintenance conditions.

(2) If a segment of pipeline is determined to be in unsatisfactory condition no immediate hazard exists, the operator shall initiate a program to recondition or phase out the segment involved, or if the segment cannot be reconditioned or phased out, reduce the maximum allowable operating pressure in accordance with 24.0886.

(b) Damage prevention.

Each operator of a buried pipeline must carry out a written program for the prevention of damage to that pipeline from excavation activities. This program shall include, at a minimum:

(1) The identity, on a current basis, of persons who normally engage in excavation activities in the area in which the pipeline is located;

(2) Provides for notification of the public in the vicinity of the pipeline and actual notification of the persons identified in paragraph (c)(1) of this section of the following as often as needed to make them aware of the damage prevention program:

(A) The program’s existence and purpose;

(B) How to learn the location of underground pipelines before excavation activities are begun.

(3) Provide a means of receiving and recording notification of planned excavation activities.

(4) If the operator has buried pipelines in the area of excavation activity, provide for actual notification of persons who give notice of their intent to excavate of the type of temporary marking to be provided and how to identify their markings;

(5) Provide for temporary marking of buried pipelines in the area of excavation activity before, as far as possible, the activity begins;

(6) Provide as follows for inspection of pipelines that an operator has reason to believe could be damaged by excavation activities.

(A) The inspection must be done as frequently as necessary during and after the activities to verify the integrity of the pipeline; and

(B) In the case of blasting, any inspection must include leakage surveys.

History: Rule 02-01, eff 30 Aug 01.