Railroad Commission Adopts New, Revised T-4 Pipeline Form-Requires Verification of Common Carrier Status

02/24/2015

Railroad Commissioners today adopted revisions to the T-4 Pipeline form that requires operators who claim common carrier status to verify their claim with a sworn statement and documentation providing support for this classification. Common carrier pipelines in Texas are pipelines contracted to carry crude petroleum, gas or carbon dioxide for hire.

The new T-4 form, which becomes effective March 1, also requires pipeline operators who claim common carrier status to attest to their knowledge of the eminent domain provisions in Texas Property Code, Chapter 21, and the Texas Landowner’s Bill of Rights as published by the Office of the Attorney General of Texas. The revised T-4 form can now also be used for permit renewals, eliminating the Commission’s former T4-C form.

The Railroad Commission oversees the safe operation of intrastate natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines—pipelines that begin and end in Texas. The Railroad Commission does not have any authority over a common carrier pipeline's exercise of its statutory right of eminent domain.

Chairman Christi Craddick said, “Ensuring our energy is safely transported in pipelines to protect public safety and our natural resources is among one of the Commission’s most important regulatory roles., Revising this form creates more accountability for the pipeline industry while enhancing our regulatory oversight.”

Commissioner David Porter said, “In this new form, operators now also must provide contact information for a specific person who will be available to answer questions concerning the pipeline’s construction, operation and maintenance, which provides additional transparency to the public.”

Commissioner Ryan Sitton said, “As pipeline operators now must complete specific steps when identifying themselves as common carriers, our agency’s new form addresses concerns about the former process in which pipeline operators simply checked a box to identify themselves as common carriers.”

About the Railroad Commission

Our mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including almost 100 years regulating the oil and gas industry. The Commission also has jurisdiction over alternative fuels safety, natural gas utilities, surface mining and intrastate pipelines. Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. To learn more, please visit http://www.rrc.texas.gov.