Customer Owned Lines
Title 49 – Transportation
Subtitle B – Other regulations relating to transportation
Chapter 1 – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Subchapter D – Pipeline safety
Part 192 – Transportation of natural and other gas by pipeline: minimum federal safety standards
Subpart a – General
192.16 – Customer notification.
(a) This section applies to each operator of a service line who does not maintain the customer’s buried piping up to entry of the first building downstream, or, if the customer’s buried piping does not enter a building, up to the principal gas utilization equipment or the first fence (or wall) that surrounds that equipment. For the purpose of this section, customer’s buried piping does not include branch lines that serve yard lanterns, pool heaters, or other types of secondary equipment. Also, maintain means monitor for corrosion according to 192.465 if the customer’s buried piping is metallic, survey for leaks according to 192.723, and if an unsafe condition is found, shut off the flow of gas, advise the customer of the need to repair the unsafe condition, or repair the unsafe condition.
(b) Each operator shall notify each customer once in writing of the following information:
(1) The operator does not maintain the customer’s buried piping.
(2) If the customer’s buried piping is not maintained, it may be subject to the potential hazards of corrosion and leakage.
(3) Buried gas piping should be
(i) Periodically inspected for leaks;
(ii) Periodically inspected for corrosion if the piping is metallic; and
(iii) Repaired if any unsafe condition is discovered.
(4) When excavating near buried gas piping, the piping should be located in advance, and the excavation done by hand.
(5) The operator (if applicable), plumbing contractors, and heating contractors can assist in locating, inspecting, and repairing the customer’s buried piping.
(c) Each operator shall notify each customer not later than August 14, 1996, or 90 days after the customer first receives gas at a particular location, whichever is later. However, operators of master meter systems may continuously post a general notice in a prominent location frequented by customers.
(d) Each operator must make the following records available for inspection by the Administrator or a State agency participating under 49 U.S.C. 60105 or 60106:
(1) A copy of the notice currently in use; and
(2) Evidence that notices have been sent to customers within the previous 3 years.
(Amdt. 19274, 60 FR 41828, Aug. 14, 1995, as amended by Amdt. 19274A, 60 FR 63451, Dec. 11, 1995; Amdt. 19283, 63 FR 7723, Feb. 17, 1998)
Buried Gas Lines
The Oak Ridge Utility District is committed to public safety, and periodically advises customers of certain safety recommendations regarding underground natural gas piping. Customer-owned buried natural gas piping should be periodically inspected for leaks, and if the piping is metallic, it should also be inspected for corrosion.
We are required to design, operate, and maintain our underground natural gas pipeline system in accordance with prescribed federal safety standards. We do not maintain the gas piping beyond the meter. Gas piping beyond the meter is the property of the customer. If underground (metallic) gas piping is not properly maintained, it may be subject to corrosion and/or leakage.
To ensure the continued safe and reliable operation of these lines, the buried piping should be checked periodically by a qualified person. Look online for plumbing and heating contractors, or others who may assist you in locating and inspecting your buried gas piping. If any unsafe condition is discovered, repairs should be made before any continued use of the piping. When excavation is performed, or is about to be performed near the buried gas piping, the piping should be located and marked in advance. Any excavating performed near the pipe should be done by hand.
Federal Regulation Number 192.16 requires that we notify you to exercise diligence regarding underground or buried gas piping. Buried pipe may be subject to leakage and/or corrosion (corrosion may occur on metallic pipe) and could potentially be subject to hazards if not maintained.
Remember that any and all gas pipe downstream of the gas meter at your home or business belongs to you, the gas customer, and the gas customer is responsible for maintenance and operation of this portion of the fuel line system. We do not own the gas beyond the meter; therefore, we do not routinely maintain or locate fuel lines.
Buried gas piping should be:
- Periodically inspected for leaks
- Periodically inspected for corrosion if the piping is metallic;
- Repaired if any unsafe condition is discovered, or the flow of gas should be shut off
- When excavation is performed or is about to be performed near the buried gas piping, the piping should be located and marked in advance, and any excavating performed near the pipe should be done by hand
If you have any questions or comments, please contact a Customer Service representative at (865) 483-1377 or toll-free at (888) 483-1377 for more information.