Oklahoma business briefs: Dec. 4, 2012

Oklahoma business briefs: Dec. 4, 2012
Published: December 4, 2012

Judge asked to settle dispute

Three subsidiaries of ONEOK Partners LP are asking a federal judge to determine the limits of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's jurisdiction over a natural gas liquids fractionation plant in Bushton, Kan. “Although PHMSA has jurisdiction over our pipeline systems into and out of the plant, the Bushton NGL fractionation plant is regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency,” said Pierce H. Norton, ONEOK Partners' executive vice president and chief operating officer. “We believe PHMSA is outside its jurisdictional authority by inspecting and attempting to impose different regulations on the assets and operating procedures currently regulated by OSHA and the EPA. We believe that having different rules within the same plant could result in misinterpretation and confusion.”

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