The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) has adopted the new Underground Pipeline Damage Prevention Rules under Title 16 of The Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 18. The rule, which became effective September 1, 2007, applies to pipeline operators and persons engaged in or preparing to engage in excavation activities in the vicinity of a pipeline.
Title 16. Texas Administrative Code Part 1
Chapter 18: Underground Pipeline Damage Prevention
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Rule 18.11 (damages to or excavating in the vicinity of underground gas or liquid pipelines)
The Texas Damage Report filing with the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) only applies to damages caused to gas or hazardous liquid pipelines. The Railroad Commission of Texas does not have authority to regulate damages caused to other utilities such as telephone, cable TV, water, sewer, etc. Listed below are the regulatory agencies having direct authority over other utilities:
All damages to underground pipeline facilities are required by law to be reported electronically by filing a Texas Damage Reporting Form (TDRF) through the RRC webpage and comply with the following:
Texas Damage Reporting Form Filing Instructions:
Reporting No Damage Non-Compliance Activities
The following forms can be typed and then printed or the forms can be printed blank and hand-written. These forms cannot be submitted electronically at the present time. You must mail or fax the report as indicated on each form.
NOTE: If a damage occurred, in addition to the second notice reporting form, the excavator must also file a TDFR for the damage.
Reports filed on damages caused to non-jurisdictional pipelines or damages that fall under one of the exemption categories will only be used for statistical purposes.
Questions regarding applicability
If you are digging sixteen inches or more this rule applies to you.
Chapter 18-Underground Pipeline Damage Prevention
Texas Utilities Code, Chapter 251
Under Title 5. Provision Affecting the Operation of Utility Facilities
CHAPTER 251. UNDERGROUND FACILITY DAMAGE PREVENTION AND SAFETY