FAQ-248: Basic Regulatory Requirements
Question: What are the basic regulatory requirements for cased pipe monitoring and inspection and what code sections apply?
Answer: Cased pipe that is located in a covered segment, as defined in 49 CFR § 192.7, must have an integrity baseline assessment and periodic reassessments using one of the assessment methods. Under the Integrity Management Rule, operators cannot leave shorted, contacted or coupled casings (either metallic or electrolytic) in their pipelines or segments without mitigating the situation. Such a condition (shorts, contacts or couples) is considered detrimental to the long-term integrity of the covered segment.
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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