Ohio Gas Pipeline Safety 36 th Annual NCRA June 17, 2013 Christine M.T. Pirik Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. State Duties and Obligations as part of the federal/state partnership Operator inspections Compliance and enforcement Incident investigations
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Ohio Gas Pipeline Safety
36th Annual NCRA
June 17, 2013
Christine M.T. Pirik
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
State Duties and Obligations as part of the federal/state partnership
Ohio Gas Pipeline Safety Statistics
GPS Enforcement Statistics 2012
Inspection units audited: 142
Noncompliance violations found: 111
GPS Ohio-jurisdictional Incidents # of Serious Incidents
2011 total = 122011 total = 5
2012 total = 42012 total = 1
Third Party Dig-In
Section 4905.95(B)(1)(b), Ohio Revised Code
PUCO may assess upon the operator forfeitures of not more than $100,000 for each day of each violation or noncompliance, except that the aggregate of such forfeitures shall not exceed $1 million for any related series of violations or noncompliances.
Process for Enforcement of Major Violations
Top GPS safety issues in Ohio
# 1 priority: Replacement of cast iron / bare steel / ineffectively coated steel piping
# 2 priority: Ongoing implementation of integrity management programs
# 3 priority: Gathering line construction in the shale gas fields.
(effective 3/27/13 Section 4905.911, Ohio Revised Code, enhanced GPS requirements for pipelines not previously covered)
Ohio Natural Gas Infrastructure Replacement Programs (IRPs)
LDCs continually retire and replace aging infrastructure, but the IRPs provide for accelerated replacement of aging infrastructure
IRPs Developed to enhance safety, improve operational efficiency, and address some immediate and emerging safety concerns
Infrastructure replaced includes bare and ineffectively coated steel, cast and wrought iron, and copper (and in some instances plastic) mains, service lines and risers.
IRP Rider Annual Review Process
Christine M.T. Pirik
Deputy Director, Chief Gas and Power Siting
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio