The PUC adopted a Proposed Rulemaking Order to require annual depreciation reporting, service life study reporting, and capital investment reporting by crude oil, gasoline and petroleum products transportation pipeline public utilities under 52 Pa. Code Chapter 73. The proposed revisions would require those companies to comply with reporting requirements already in place for electric, gas and water public utilities. The Board of Supervisors submitted comments in support of the Proposed Rulemaking, while also urging that such studies be released to the public.
This rulemaking follows a separate PUC regulatory process that started in the summer. In August, the Board submitted comments in response to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Order for pipeline safety regulations. That process solicited comments regarding the amendment and enhancement of the PA Public Utility Code to enable the PUC to more comprehensively regulate public utilities which transport petroleum products and other hazardous liquids in intrastate commerce. Unlike the Proposed Rulemaking, which lays out the specific regulatory changes under consideration, an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking starts the process at an earlier stage, with a period for more general comments about the topics to be addressed in the regulatory amendment process. West Whiteland worked with other municipalities to incorporate recommendations from the March 2019 report commissioned by the Township in extensive comments submitted to the PUC by the Chester County Association of Township Officials' Pipeline Study Group. The Board of Supervisors also submitted a separate concurring comment letter.
Besides commenting on regulatory processes, the Board has sent numerous letters to regulatory agencies seeking information about and urging action in support of pipeline safety.