|(a) Each operator of an underground pipeline shall
report to the Commission all damage to its pipelines caused by an
excavator. Within 30 days of the damage incident or of the operator's
actual knowledge of the damage incident, an operator shall submit
the information to the Commission through TDRF, which may be accessed
through the Commission's online reporting system using its assigned
operator identification code.
(b) Each excavator that damages an underground pipeline
shall notify the operator of the damage through the notification center
at the earliest practical moment but not later than one hour following
the damage incident. The excavator shall also submit report of the
damage incident to the Commission using TDRF, which may be accessed
through the Commission's online reporting system and the excavator
sign-in, within 30 days of the incident.
(c) If damage to a pipeline from excavation activity
causes the release of any flammable, toxic, or corrosive gas, hazardous
liquid, or carbon dioxide from the pipeline, the excavator shall promptly
report the release to appropriate emergency response authorities by
(d) Each excavator that makes an additional call to
the notification center pursuant to §18.4(e) of this title, relating
to Excavator Obligation to Avoid Damage to Underground Pipelines,
because the excavator did not receive a positive response, shall report
that fact to the Commission through TDRF. An excavator shall also
report an operator's failure to provide a positive response to a second
call to the Commission through TDRF.
(e) An emergency response official, a member of the
general public, or another person aware of damage to an underground
pipeline is encouraged to submit an incident form using TDRF, which
can be accessed through the Commission's online reporting system.
Entries can be made through the general public or emergency response
|Source Note: The provisions of this §18.11 adopted to be effective September 1, 2007, 32 TexReg 3545; amended to be effective April 25, 2017, 42 TexReg 2168; amended to be effective February 12, 2018, 43 TexReg 756