Oklahoma Regulator Initiates Process to Set CNG Pump Inspection Guidelines

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is ready to begin the process of formalizing statewide standards that will govern how retail compressed natural gas (CNG) dispensers are inspected.

A report from The Oklahoman notes that the commission's decision this week to start a rule-making initiative comes after Gov. Mary Fallin's April signing of a bill requiring CNG refueling infrastructure to be inspected. The state's gasoline, diesel and ethanol pumps are checked regularly according to state law, ensuring that these dispensers fill tanks properly and record the volume of fuel accurately. This new rule-making process will codify a similar approach for inspecting CNG pumps.

It is notable, however, that other bodies – such as local code-compliance officials and fire departments – do routinely perform safety-related reviews of Oklahoma's retail CNG pumps.

The commission will host workshops in early January in order to collect feedback from industry stakeholders and the general public about the new rules. A formal hear will follow before the first week of February.

Read the full article from The Oklahoman here.

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