Rules delayed for CNG fueling station inspections as agencies sort out responsibilities

A state law passed last year gave the Oklahoma Corporation Commission authority to inspect retail CNG fueling stations, but rules for those inspections have drawn concern from other state agencies already overseeing parts of the CNG infrastructure and training.
by Paul Monies Published: February 6, 2014

New rules for compressed natural gas pump inspections were delayed Thursday by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission after two other state agencies expressed concern over jurisdiction and possible duplication.

The Oklahoma Labor Department and the Office of Management and Enterprise Services already oversee some areas that could overlap with the proposed CNG rules.

House Bill 1718 gave the Corporation Commission the authority to inspect retail CNG dispensers, compression equipment and storage vessels. The bill, signed by Gov. Mary Fallin in April, was thought to be a good fit for the commission since its petroleum storage tank division already inspects retail gasoline, ethanol and diesel pumps.

“I understand the Legislature had designated the Corporation Commission for certain responsibilities, but we find other agencies of state government also might have previously existing involvement,” Commissioner Bob Anthony said Thursday.

“The nature of regulation for CNG has some similarities to liquid fuel like gasoline stations, but on the other hand, there are tanks and cylinders that are under pressure, and if some other agency of state government is better able to handle that in the public interest, then so be it,” Anthony said.

Anthony and Commissioner Dana Murphy voted to continue the hearing on proposed CNG rules to 9:30 a.m. March 5. Commission Chairwoman Patrice Douglas was absent.

“I will be supportive of us not passing CNG rules if it turns out other agencies are appropriately taking care of the things, but it seems like that would involve a potential statutory change over what was done, so we’ll see what happens with that,” Murphy said.

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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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I will be supportive of us not passing CNG rules if it turns out other agencies are appropriately taking care of the things, but it seems like that would involve a potential statutory change over what was done, so we’ll see what happens with that.”

Commissioner Dana Murphy,

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