FAQ-172: Designating entire segments as HCA
Question: May an operator designate an entire segment as HCA (i.e., covered by the rule)?
Answer: Yes, operators may designate an entire segment, or their entire pipeline, as covered by the rule. Operators will still need to gather information about the areas near their pipeline in order to consider differences in the consequences of pipeline accidents as part of their risk assessments and to identify appropriate preventive and mitigative measures.
These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are intended to clarify, explain, and promote better understanding of the pipeline integrity management rules. These FAQs are not substantive rules and do not create rights, assign duties, or impose new obligations not outlined in the existing integrity management regulations and standards. Requests for informal interpretations regarding the applicability of one or more of the pipeline integrity management rules to a specific situation may be submitted to PHMSA in accordance with 49 C.F.R. § 190.11.
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