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Oklahoma Labor Department would inspect retail CNG pumps under House bill

House Bill 3297 passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives this week and would create a “one-stop shop” at the Labor Department for retail compressed natural gas inspections of fuel pumps and tanks.
by Paul Monies Published: March 7, 2014
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Inspections of the infrastructure for retail compressed natural gas pumps would be the responsibility of the Oklahoma Labor Department under a bill passed this week by the House of Representatives.

House Bill 3297, authored by Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Mustang, passed by a vote of 86-2 Tuesday and now goes to the Senate for consideration. Sen. Ron Justice, R-Chickasha, is the bill’s sponsor in the Senate.

The bill creates a “one-stop shop” for retail pump CNG inspections at the Labor Department, Osborn said. It corrects a law passed last year that gave the authority to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to inspect CNG dispensers, compression equipment and storage vessels.

When the Corporation Commission began drafting rules late last year to implement the law, it was discovered that some of the CNG responsibilities already were being handled by the Labor Department. Meanwhile, the state’s Office of Management and Enterprise Services sets training and certification standards for technicians servicing CNG pumps and vehicles.

Liz McNeill, spokeswoman for the Labor Department, said the agencies have overlapping responsibilities under the law. She said the Labor Department already has the inspectors and licensing infrastructure to handle inspections of pressure vessels.

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by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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