Ohio Administrative Code
Title 4901:1 - Utilities
Chapter 4901:1-16 - Gas Pipeline Safety
Section 4901:1-16-11 - Settlement agreements and stipulations

Universal Citation: OH Admin Code 4901:1-16-11

Current through all regulations passed and filed through August 26, 2022

(A) If the staff and operator or gas gathering/processing plant pipeline operator reach agreement regarding any of the following: the occurrence of a noncompliance; the occurrence of a hazardous condition of a facility; the violation of a commission order; a compliance order or remedy; or the amount of a forfeiture, compromise forfeiture, or other payment, the agreement may be reduced to writing in a settlement agreement and/or stipulation. Such agreement shall be signed by the operator or gas gathering/ processing plant pipeline operator, or its attorney, and an authorized representative of the staff. Except as otherwise provided in paragraphs (B) and (E) of this rule, the settlement agreement and/or stipulation shall not be effective until it is filed with the commission and approved by the commission.

(B) If the settlement agreement and/or stipulation provides for the payment of a forfeiture, compromise forfeiture, or other payment by the operator or gas gathering/processing plant pipeline operator of ten thousand dollars or less, the agreement shall be fully binding upon the commission and the operator or gas gathering/processing plant pipeline operator upon its execution.

(C) Unless contained in or otherwise provided in a settlement agreement and/or stipulation, no statement or conduct during settlement negotiations is admissible in any other commission proceeding regarding the noncompliance, hazardous facility, or violation.

(D) Where the operator or gas gathering/processing plant pipeline operator has demonstrated to the staff that the violation(s) listed in the notice, or amended notice, of probable noncompliance or gas pipeline safety investigative report has been corrected and where the operator or gas gathering/processing plant pipeline operator submits full payment of the proposed forfeiture prior to the execution of a written settlement agreement and/or stipulation, or final commission order, the violation(s) listed in such notice of probable noncompliance shall be considered by the commission as part of the operator's or gas gathering/processing plant pipeline operator's history of violations in determining the appropriate forfeiture for any future violation.

(E) If the operator or gas gathering/processing plant pipeline operator pays a proposed forfeiture of more than ten thousand dollars without executing a written settlement agreement and/or stipulation, the payment shall be fully binding upon the commission and the operator or gas gathering/processing plant pipeline operator when approved by the commission.

Effective: 8/5/2021
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 5/20/2021 and 07/26/2026
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 4905.91
Rule Amplifies: 4905.91, 4905.95
Prior Effective Dates: 02/01/1991, 10/13/1994, 01/06/2005, 07/12/2010, 03/28/2014

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