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Interpretation Response #PI-71-026

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Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date: 02-24-1971
Company Name: Indiana Public Service Commission    Individual Name: D. J. Hendrickson
Location state: IN    Country: US

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Response text:

February 24, 1971

Mr. D. J. Hendrickson
Chief, Utility Safety Section
Indiana Public Service Commission
901 State Office Building
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Dear Mr. Hendrickson:

This is in reply to your letter of February 11, 1971, concerning the interpretation of 49 CFR, Section 191.5(2) requiring telephonic notice of a leak that required the taking of any segment of transmission pipe out of service.

You described a situation where a short length of pipe is intentionally by-passed, so that it may be replaced.

Under ordinary circumstances such as occurrence would not result in a "leak" which we have interpreted as meaning an unintended escape of gas. Therefore, when a segment is intentionally removed from service there is no leak which requires reporting.

We hope this answers your question. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to ask.

Joseph C. Caldwell
Director, Acting
Office of Pipeline Safety

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
§ 191.5 Immediate notice of certain incidents