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600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 408
Bismarck, ND 58505-0480

701.328.2400 - Phone
877.245.6685 - Toll-Free
800.366.6888 - TTY
701.328.2410 - Fax

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Jurisdiction: Pipelines

The Commission's statutory responsibilities concerning pipelines in North Dakota include the following:


Pipeline Safety


The United States Secretary of Transportation has general regulatory and enforcement authority regarding protection against risks to life and property posed by pipeline transportation and pipeline facilities. The United States Department of Transportation agency responsible for developing and enforcing regulations for the safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of pipeline transportation is the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

North Dakota must submit annual Certification with the Secretary of Transportation to assume safety responsibility with respect to an intrastate pipeline facility or intrastate pipeline transportation. The Commission has submitted annual certification to assume safety responsibility regarding intrastate transmission and distribution of natural gas and propane and other gas by pipeline, and for intrastate liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities used in the transportation of gas by pipeline. The Commission has not submitted a certification for hazardous liquids pipeline facility safety.

Under the authority provided by North Dakota Century Code 49-02-01.2, the Commission has adopted rules for pipeline safety, including minimum safety standards, and has authority to require proof of compliance - North Dakota Administrative Code Chapter 69-09-03.  The Commission requires each owner or operator of pipeline facilities to establish and maintain records, make reports, provide information, and conduct inspections as proof of compliance.

In addition, Commission personnel conduct inspections, audits and investigations regarding safety concerns, including:





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