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Interpretation Response #PI-74-0123

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Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date: 07-05-1974
Company Name: Grey Forest Utilities    Individual Name: Mr. Robert S. Grant
Location state: TX    Country: US

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Response text:

Mr. Robert S. Grant
Grey Forest Utilities
P.O. Box 258
Helotea, TX  78023

Dear Mr. Grant:

Thank you for your letter of June 10, 1974, asking whether contracting for service to handle emergency situations would absolve the utility from responsibility and liability for damages which may arise after the contractor is notified.

Part 192 of title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations provides that an operator of a gas pipeline must perform various tasks in order to comply with Federal gas pipeline safety standards.  Part 192 does not prohibit an operator from contracting with another person to provide, on his behalf, any action required by that Part.  However, where action is performed by a contractor on behalf of an operator, the operator remains responsible for compliance of the action with the standards contained in Part 192.

Questions of liability for property damage or personal injury resulting from pipeline failures are outside the jurisdiction of this office.  Such questions are a matter of common or statutory law and should be directed to a counselor-at-law.

We appreciate your interest in pipeline safety.


                                                                                                           Joseph C. Caldwell        
                                                                                                          Office of Pipeline Safety 

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
§ 192.1 What is the scope of this part?