TX NATURAL RESOURCES CODE

TITLE 3. OIL AND GAS

SUBTITLE A. ADMINISTRATION

CHAPTER 211. HAZARDOUS LIQUID SALT DOME STORAGE FACILITIES

SUBCHAPTER B. REGULATION OF FACILITIES



§ 211.011. JURISDICTION.
     The commission has jurisdiction over all salt dome storage of hazardous liquids and over salt dome storage facilities used for the storage of hazardous liquids.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 949, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

§ 211.012. RULES AND STANDARDS.
     (a) The commission by rule shall adopt safety standards and practices for the salt dome storage of hazardous liquids and the facilities used for that purpose. Safety standards and practices adopted by the commission for a storage facility that is part of an intrastate pipeline facility, as defined by the federal Department of Transportation under the Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Act of 1979 (49 U.S.C. Section 2001 et seq.), must be compatible with federal minimum standards. The rules shall require:
          (1) the installation and periodic testing of safety devices at a salt dome storage facility;
          (2) the establishment of emergency notification procedures for the operator of a facility in the event of a release of a hazardous substance that poses a substantial risk to the public;
          (3) fire prevention and response procedures;
          (4) employee and third-party contractor safety training with respect to the operation of the facility; and
          (5) other requirements that the commission finds necessary and reasonable for the safe construction, operation, and maintenance of salt dome storage facilities.
     (b) The commission may grant exceptions to its rules or impose additional requirements in any permit or amended permit issued to a facility if the facility, as permitted, will not cause an unreasonable danger to the public.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 949, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

§ 211.013. RECORDS AND REPORTS.
     (a) Each owner or operator of a hazardous liquid salt dome storage facility shall maintain records, make reports, and provide any information the commission may require with respect to the construction, operation, or maintenance of the facility. The operator of a hazardous liquid salt dome storage facility shall report or make available for inspection the results of any commission-required test of a safety device installed at the facility to the commission within 10 days after the day of the test.
     (b) The commission by rule shall designate the records required to be maintained and the reports required to be filed by the owner or operator and shall provide forms for reports if necessary.
     (c) The commission may require the owner or operator of a hazardous liquid salt dome storage facility to prepare a safety procedural manual for the facility. The commission may require the owner or operator to file the manual with the commission for approval or to make the manual available for inspection by an employee or agent of the commission.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 949, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

§ 211.014. INSPECTIONS AND EXAMINATIONS.
     (a) The commission or its employee or designated agent may enter property on which a hazardous liquid salt dome storage facility is located or any other property relating to salt dome storage of a hazardous liquid and may inspect and examine the property and any records located on the property to the extent relevant to determine if a person is acting in compliance with this chapter and any rules adopted by the commission under this chapter.
     (b) Before the commission or its employees or agents enter the premises of a storage facility with on-site personnel, proper credentials must be presented to the on-site person in charge of the property.
     (c) An entry, examination, or inspection under this section must be made only at a reasonable time and in a reasonable manner.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 949, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.