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Tom Ewing | Contributing Editor

Texas Implements New
Pipeline Safety Regulations
Texas' natural gas utilities need to be ready
for two new state pipeline safety programs:
filing incident reports within one-hour of
an accident, and removing underground
cast-iron pipe by Dec. 31, 2021, used for
natural gas delivery to end-use customers.
These demands are established in state
legislation passed at the end of May. Once
signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbot the
bills take effect Sept. 1, 2019.
The legislation is contained within House
Bill (HB) 864 (incident reporting) and HB
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866 (pipe replacement), both introduced
in January by Rep. Rafael Anchia, from
Texas' 103 House District. The two bills
were broadly supported in the House and
Senate.
HB 864 hit a delay when the Senate
made changes to the House version, a
move requiring extra time to resolve those
differences. On late Friday, May 23, literally in the waning hours of the legislative
session, Rep. Anchia's office advised that he
accepted the Senate's changes, letting the

legislative process move to a quicker conclusion than if the bill had to be reworked
in a House-Senate conference committee.
Here's a closer look at what the new
regs require.

Incidence Reports,
within one hour
HB 864 requires an incident report, from
a distribution gas pipeline facility operator
serving "end-use customers," before "the
expiration of one hour following the opera-


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