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procedures governing the exercise of that authority and the imposition of those sanctions.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.02" name="515-9-3-.02" title="515-9-3-.02">Rule 515-9-3-.02 Definitions</a></h2> <P>Terms used in these rules have the following meaning:</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.02(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Act" means the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968, as amended ( 49 U.S.C. 1671 <I>et seq.</I>).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.02(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Commission" means the Georgia Public Service Commission.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.02(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Gas" means natural gas.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.02(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "LNG" means liquefied natural gas.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.02(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "New Construction" means the act of building, a new pipeline facility, or the expansion, replacement or relocation of an existing pipeline facility (as in looping a pipeline segment, which may also be done to meet increased load requirements or to enhance reliability of the system) in order to provide new service to a customer(s) or in order to meet increased demand.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.02(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Operator" means a person who engages in the transportation of natural gas by pipeline.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.02(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Person" means any individual, firm, joint venture, partnership, corporation, association, authority, municipality, cooperative association or joint-stock association, and includes trustee, receiver, assignee or personal representative who furnishes service to the public thereof.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.02(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Pipeline" means all parts of those physical facilities through which gas or LNG moves in transportation including but not limited to pipe, valves and other appurtenance attached to pipe, compressor units, pumping units, metering stations, delivery stations, regulator stations, holders and fabricated assemblies.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.02(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Pipeline facility" means, without limitation, new and existing pipe, pipe right-of-way and any equipment, facility or building used in the transportation of gas or the treatment of gas during the course of transportation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.02(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Pipeline Safety Director" means the Natural Gas Engineer of the Utilities Engineering Section designated by the Commission as Director.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.02(k)">(k)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Service Line" means a distribution line that transports gas from a common source of supply to (a) a customer meter or the connection to a customer's piping, whichever is farther downstream, or (b) the connection to a customer's piping if there is no customer meter. A customer meter is the meter that measures the transfer of gas from an operator to a consumer.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.02(l)">(l)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Transportation of Gas" means the gathering, transmission or distribution of gas by pipeline or its storage.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.03" name="515-9-3-.03" title="515-9-3-.03">Rule 515-9-3-.03 Commission Jurisdiction</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.03(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Georgia Legislature has empowered the Public Service Commission to prescribe and enforce safety standards and to regulate safety practices of persons engaged in the transportation of gas or LNG by pipeline to the extent permitted by the "Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968 ( 49 U.S.C. 1967<I>et seq.</I>)" and any amendments thereto as set forth and adopted in Title 46 of the Georgia Code, as amended. The Commission has delegated this responsibility to the Pipeline Safety Director and his staff. The regulations issued under the Act promulgated by the Office of Pipeline Safety of the United States Department of Transportation and published in Title 49, CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Parts 40, 191, 192, 193 and 199 apply to all pipeline companies. The safety standards of the Act apply to the design, installation, inspection, testing construction, extension, operation, replacement and maintenance of pipeline facilities. Standards affecting the design, installation, construction, initial inspection and testing are not applicable to pipeline facilities in existence on the date such standards are adopted.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.03(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Commission is authorized to prescribe additional safety standards that apply to intrastate operators. Such safety standards shall be practicable and designed to meet the needs for pipeline safety. When prescribing and enforcing such standards, the Commission will consider: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.03(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> relevant available pipeline safety data;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.03(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> whether such standards are appropriate for the particular type of pipeline transportation;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.03(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the reasonableness of any proposed standards; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.03(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the extent to which such standards will contribute to public safety.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.03(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Whenever the Commission finds a particular facility to be hazardous to life or property, it is empowered to require the person operating such facilities to take steps necessary to remove such hazards.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.04" name="515-9-3-.04" title="515-9-3-.04">Rule 515-9-3-.04 Authority to Inspect</a></h2> <P>The Commission has the power to investigate all methods and practices of pipeline companies; to require the maintenance and filing of reports, records and other information in such form and detail as the Commission may prescribe; to enter upon and to inspect the property, buildings, plants, and office of such pipeline companies; and to inspect books, records, papers and documents relevant to the enforcement of the rules and regulations.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.05" name="515-9-3-.05" title="515-9-3-.05">Rule 515-9-3-.05 Intervals of Inspection</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.05(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon presentation of appropriate credentials, the Commission or its designated employee is authorized to enter upon, inspect and examine, at reasonable times and in a reasonable manner, the records and properties of persons to the extent such records and properties are relevant to determining the compliance of such persons with the rules and regulations or Commission orders issued thereunder.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.05(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Inspections shall ordinarily be conducted pursuant to one of the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.05(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> routine scheduling;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.05(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a complaint received from a member of the public;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.05(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> information obtained from a previous inspection;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.05(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> pipeline accident or incident; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.05(2)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> whenever deemed appropriate by the Commission or the Director of Gas Pipeline Safety.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.06" name="515-9-3-.06" title="515-9-3-.06">Rule 515-9-3-.06 Inspection of the Operators</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.06(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An attempt will be made to periodically inspect every operator, with priority given to inspecting those systems with greater risk potential. In determining the potential risk of a pipeline system, the following factors may be considered: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.06(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the ratio of total steel pipe to coated steel pipe;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.06(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the ratio of total steel pipe to cathodically protected steel pipe;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.06(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> leaks per mile of pipe;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.06(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> leaks per number of services;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.06(1)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> unaccounted-for-gas volumes and percentages;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.06(1)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the number of accidents or facility failures;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.06(1)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> footage of cast iron pipe in the system; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.06(1)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> past history of the operator.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.06(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The inspection will include a thorough review of the operator's records concerning inspection, operation, maintenance and emergency procedures. Field inspection will include operational checks of corrosion control provisions, overpressure and regulating equipment, odorization, repaired leaks, emergency valves and any other components of the facility.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.07" name="515-9-3-.07" title="515-9-3-.07">Rule 515-9-3-.07 Verbal Notice to Operator of Violation</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.07(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> When an inspection of an operator's records or facilities, or both, indicate that the operator is in apparent violation of a pipeline safety regulation, the investigator will give verbal notice of the alleged violation to the operator before concluding the inspection.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.07(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any documentation of physical evidence necessary to support the alleged violation may be obtained during the inspection or requested by letter immediately after the conclusion of the visit.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.07(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The operator may institute on-site corrective measures when a violation exists. However, enforcement of such alleged violations will proceed.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.08" name="515-9-3-.08" title="515-9-3-.08">Rule 515-9-3-.08 Written Formal Notice of Violation</a></h2> <P>After evidence of an alleged violation is collected and the violation report is written, notice and opportunity to respond will be afforded the operator by a letter from the Pipeline Safety Director. The letter will notify the operator of the results of the on-site inspection and will specifically cite the regulation(s) the operator is allegedly violating. Further, the letter may contain a proposed civil penalty or a compliance order. A written response from the operator shall be submitted to the Pipeline Safety Director within 30 days of the time the operator receives the violation notice.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.09" name="515-9-3-.09" title="515-9-3-.09">Rule 515-9-3-.09 Response Options Open to the Operator</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.09(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Alternatives open to the operator to respond to the violation notice are: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.09(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> submit a written statement to the Pipeline Safety Director indicating corrective measures have achieved compliance;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.09(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> submit a written plan of action to the Pipeline Safety Director outlining the corrective measures that will be taken to achieve compliance and when compliance is anticipated; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.09(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> request an informal conference with the Pipeline Safety Director and/or his staff to discuss the violation(s).</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.09(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The alleged violation(s) may be resolved at this stage if the information submitted is in accordance with Rule <a title="515-9-3-.09(1)(a)" href="515-9-3-.09#515-9-3-.09(1)(a)">515-9-3-.09(1)(a)</a> or Rule <a title="515-9-3-.09(1)(b)" href="515-9-3-.09#515-9-3-.09(1)(b)">515-9-3-.09(1)(b)</a> and is accepted by the Pipeline Safety Director and/or his staff. Such acceptance shall be verified by written statement issued by the Pipeline Safety Director following a reinspection of the operator's facilities. However, if the operator selects Rule 515-9-3-09(1)(c), an informal conference will be scheduled as explained in Rule <a title="515-9-3-.10" href="515-9-3-.10">515-9-3-.10</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.10" name="515-9-3-.10" title="515-9-3-.10">Rule 515-9-3-.10 Informal Conference</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.10(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> After receiving a request for an informal conference a date and time will be arranged at this conference and the basis of the alleged violations will be reviewed. The operator may explain the company's position and may present alternatives for solution of the problem. The Gas Pipeline Safety staff will be represented by the investigator involved and by such other members of the Commission staff as designated by the Pipeline Safety Director.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.10(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The violation may be resolved at this stage. If agreement cannot be reached, enforcement procedures shall continue.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.11" name="515-9-3-.11" title="515-9-3-.11">Rule 515-9-3-.11 Commission Action</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.11(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the proposed solution as outlined is not satisfactory to the Gas Pipeline Safety Director and/or his staff, the violation shall be referred to the Public Service Commission for formal resolution in either of the following manners: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.11(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Commission may seek an injunction or mandamus in superior court in cases where immediate action is necessary; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.11(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Commission may issue a show cause order and/or schedule a hearing requiring the operator to demonstrate why the operator should not be subject to the penalties set forth by the O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=46-2-91&amp;title=46#" target="_newtab">46-2-91</a>. This section permits a penalty not to exceed $15,000.00 for such violation and an additional penalty not to exceed $10,000.00 for each day during which such violation continues.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.11(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any civil penalty imposed by the Commission shall be based on: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.11(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the appropriateness in relation to the size of the business of the person charged;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.11(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the gravity of the violation;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.11(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the good faith of the person charged in attempting to achieve compliance;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.11(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> history of prior violations; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.11(2)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> other matters as justice may require.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.11(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Commission may, pursuant to hearing, order an operator to take corrective action. Failure to obey such an order can result in: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.11(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> civil penalties under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=46-2-91&amp;title=46#" target="_newtab">46-2-91</a>;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.11(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> action by the Commission against the operator in superior court;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.11(3)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> action by the Commission against the operator in any federal district court having jurisdiction.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.12" name="515-9-3-.12" title="515-9-3-.12">Rule 515-9-3-.12 Hazardous Facility Order</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.12(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Whenever the Commission or the Director of Gas Pipeline Safety shall find a particular facility to present an imminent hazard to life or property, it shall be empowered to require the owner or operator of the facility to take immediate steps necessary to correct such hazards. Corrective action may include suspended or restricted use of the facility, physical inspection, testing, repair, replacement, or other action, as appropriate.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.12(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An opportunity shall be given for a hearing as soon as practicable after the issuance of any order hereunder, in accordance with O.C.G.A. Chapter 50-13 and, in no event later than ten (10) days after suspension of the use of a major facility.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-3-.12(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Director of Pipeline Safety shall rescind or suspend a "hazardous facility order" whenever he determines that the facility is no longer hazardous to life or property. When appropriate, however, such a recision or suspension may be accompanied by a notice of violation issued under Rule <a title="515-9-3-.08(1)" href="515-9-3-.08#515-9-3-.08(1)">515-9-3-.08(1)</a> of the procedures.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.13" name="515-9-3-.13" title="515-9-3-.13">Rule 515-9-3-.13 Appeal</a></h2> <P>Any operator subject to an order from the Public Service Commission may petition the Commission for reconsideration of the order under Rule <a title="515-2-1-.08" href="515-2-1-.08">515-2-1-.08</a> of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure. Moreover, any operator aggrieved by an order of the Public Service Commission may seek relief pursuant to O.C.G.A. Chapter 50-13.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.14" name="515-9-3-.14" title="515-9-3-.14">Rule 515-9-3-.14 Utilities Protection Center</a></h2> <P>All Owners and/or Operators of a buried utility facility in Georgia shall be a member of the State-wide Utilities Protection Center.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.15" name="515-9-3-.15" title="515-9-3-.15">Rule 515-9-3-.15 Damage Prevention</a></h2> <P>All Owners and/or Operators of a buried utility facility in Georgia shall comply in all respects, with Title 25, Chapter 9 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.</P> </div> </div> </HTML> </div> <div id="toc" class="sidebar noprint"> <ul id="toc-children" class="children"><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.01" name="515-9-3-.01" title="515-9-3-.01">Rule 515-9-3-.01 Purpose of Procedures</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.02" name="515-9-3-.02" title="515-9-3-.02">Rule 515-9-3-.02 Definitions</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.03" name="515-9-3-.03" title="515-9-3-.03">Rule 515-9-3-.03 Commission Jurisdiction</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.04" name="515-9-3-.04" title="515-9-3-.04">Rule 515-9-3-.04 Authority to Inspect</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.05" name="515-9-3-.05" title="515-9-3-.05">Rule 515-9-3-.05 Intervals of Inspection</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.06" name="515-9-3-.06" title="515-9-3-.06">Rule 515-9-3-.06 Inspection of the Operators</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.07" name="515-9-3-.07" title="515-9-3-.07">Rule 515-9-3-.07 Verbal Notice to Operator of Violation</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.08" name="515-9-3-.08" title="515-9-3-.08">Rule 515-9-3-.08 Written Formal Notice of Violation</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.09" name="515-9-3-.09" title="515-9-3-.09">Rule 515-9-3-.09 Response Options Open to the Operator</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.10" name="515-9-3-.10" title="515-9-3-.10">Rule 515-9-3-.10 Informal Conference</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.11" name="515-9-3-.11" title="515-9-3-.11">Rule 515-9-3-.11 Commission Action</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.12" name="515-9-3-.12" title="515-9-3-.12">Rule 515-9-3-.12 Hazardous Facility Order</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.13" name="515-9-3-.13" title="515-9-3-.13">Rule 515-9-3-.13 Appeal</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.14" name="515-9-3-.14" title="515-9-3-.14">Rule 515-9-3-.14 Utilities Protection Center</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-3-.15" name="515-9-3-.15" title="515-9-3-.15">Rule 515-9-3-.15 Damage Prevention</a></li></ul> </div> </div> <!--content ends here--> <div id="footer" class="noprint"><span class="footer">Copyright &copy; 2019 Lawriter LLC - All rights reserved.</span>| <a href="mailto:support@casemakerlegal.com?subject=Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia">Email Us</a> | 844-838-0769 | <a href="http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en" target="_blank" onclick="if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf('opera') != -1 && window.event.preventDefault)window.event.preventDefault();this.newWindow = window.open('http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en&url='+escape(document.location.href)+'&referrer='+escape(document.referrer), 'webim','toolbar=0,scrollbars=0,location=0,status=1,menubar=0,width=640,height=480,resizable=1');this.newWindow.focus();this.newWindow.opener=window;return false;">Live Chat</a> </div> </div> </body> </html>