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Subject 515-9-8 NATURAL GAS PIPELINE SAFETY AND PUBLIC AWARENESS PROGRAMS

Rule 515-9-8-.01 Purpose

The purpose of this rule is to facilitate compliance with the provisions of the federal regulations for public awareness and safety issues regarding natural gas pipeline facilities contained in 49 C.F.R. §§ 192.614 and 192.616 in cases where the billing to the Retail Customers of the Electing Distribution Company is provided, in whole or in part, by Marketers or Poolers providing commodity sales service or distribution services on the Electing Distribution Company's system.

Rule 515-9-8-.02 Definitions

As used in this article, the term:

(a) "Electing Distribution Company" or "EDC" means a gas company which has elected and been approved by the Commission to be subject to the provisions of Article 5 of Chapter 4 of Title 46 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.
(b) "Marketer" means any person certificated by the Commission to provide commodity sales service or distribution services pursuant to Code Section 46-4-153 and ancillary services incident thereto.
(c) "Person" means any individual, firm joint venture, partnership, corporation (whether public or private), association, State, municipality, cooperative association, or joint stock association, and including any trustee, receiver, assignee, or personal representative thereof, company, or any other association including an electric membership corporation. ( 49 C.F.R. § 192.3 and O.C.G.A. 46-4-152(14)).
(d) "Pooler" means a Marketer or any other Person who is a producer, broker, Retail Customer, or group of Retail Customers who has been engaged by one or more Retail Customers to be responsible for the delivery of gas to the company's city gate for such customers.
(e) "Operator" means a person who engages in the transportation of gas. ( 49 C.F.R. § 192.3 ).
(f) "Retail Customer" or "Retail Purchaser" means a person who purchases commodity sales service or distribution service, and such purchase is not for the purpose of resale.

Rule 515-9-8-.03 Marketer and Pooler Participation Required

In accordance with the requirements set forth in Commission Rule 515-9-8-.05, Marketers and Poolers shall include natural gas pipeline safety and public awareness information provided by the Electing Distribution Company, in Retail Customer billing inserts or through some other medium consistent with the requirements of 515-9-8-.05(4). The provision of such natural gas pipeline safety and public awareness materials shall comply with the federal regulations set forth for such natural gas pipeline safety and public awareness programs.

Rule 515-9-8-.04 Natural Gas Pipeline Safety and Public Awareness - Minimum Requirements

(1) The natural gas pipeline safety and public awareness messaging required by these Rules shall include, but not be limited to, the following types of information:
(a) the use of a one-call notification system prior to excavation and other damage prevention activities;
(b) the possible hazards associated with unintended releases from a gas pipeline facility;
(c) the physical indications that such a release may have occurred;
(d) the steps that should be taken for public safety in the event of a gas pipeline release;
(e) the procedures for reporting such an event; and
(f) the location of pipeline facilities.
(2) The Commission shall retain jurisdiction over any disputes between the EDC and a Marketer and/or Pooler as to the appropriate information to be included in all natural gas pipeline safety and public awareness mailings.

Rule 515-9-8-.05 Annual Scheduling of Billing Inserts

(1) By October 1st of each year, the Electing Distribution Company, Marketers and the Poolers shall jointly develop and provide to the Commission, a final schedule for the natural gas pipeline safety and public awareness mailings to be sent by the Marketers and Poolers for the following year. Also by October 1st of each year, the Marketers and Poolers shall provide to the EDC, all physical dimension requirements (minimum and maximum dimensions) for billing inserts and/or electronic billing insert format requirements for the upcoming year as well as designate on each respective Marketer's and Pooler's behalf, any Designees whom will be handling the mailings required by these Commission Rules.
(2) By August 1st of each year, each Marketer shall receive notification from the Electing Distribution Company of each pending natural gas pipeline safety and/or public awareness mailings planned for the following year. Such notification shall include draft copies of each of the pending bill inserts, with the physical dimension requirements of each copy also provided, for each quarterly natural gas pipeline safety and public awareness mailing.
(3) Marketers and Poolers shall include natural gas pipeline safety and public awareness billing inserts provided by the Electing Distribution Company in their respective billing envelopes on a quarterly basis. In addition thereto, Marketers shall provide such natural gas pipeline safety and public awareness materials to all new customers either through information included in the new customer's welcome kit or as a bill insert in the new customer's first bill.
(4) Marketers and Poolers may elect to receive a bill insert in an electronic format provided that such insert is predominantly displayed in the medium in which the insert is utilized. Further, such insert shall be distributed to all customers in a similar size and color and at the same time as Marketers and Poolers who include such inserts in their paper billings.
(5) The Electing Distribution Company shall provide the physical and/or electronic bill inserts to the Marketers, Poolers and/or their respective Designees at least thirty (30) days prior to the distribution schedule agreed to in accordance with the Commission's Rules herein. The EDC shall utilize the physical dimensions previously specified by each Marketer or Pooler so that the natural gas pipeline safety and public awareness materials can be inserted commencing with the Marketer's and Pooler's next respective billing cycles.
(6) The Commission shall retain jurisdiction over any disputes between the EDC and a Marketer and/or Pooler regarding all aspects of the natural gas pipeline safety and public awareness mailings required herein.

Rule 515-9-8-.06 Costs to Be Borne by the Electing Distribution Company

The Electing Distribution Company shall bear all costs associated with the development of and shipment to Marketers and Poolers, of all written and electronic natural gas pipeline safety and public awareness materials. The EDC shall further bear all costs of printing and packaging the natural gas pipeline safety and public awareness printed materials to be shipped to those Marketers and Poolers that have elected to receive printed bill inserts.

Rule 515-9-8-.07 Costs to Be Borne by Marketers and Poolers

Provided that the physical dimensions specified by each Marketer and Pooler have been complied with by the EDC, the Marketers and Poolers shall be responsible for all costs associated with the actual mail out of such printed and electronic natural gas pipeline safety and public awareness materials. In addition, where a Marketer or Pooler has elected to receive the natural gas pipeline safety and public awareness information in electronic form, such Marketer or Pooler shall bear the costs of printing and packaging same, in addition to the costs associated with the actual mail out of such printed materials.