(220 ILCS 20/3)
(from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 553)
(a) As soon as practicable, but not later than 3 months after the
effective date of this Act, the Commission shall adopt rules establishing
minimum safety standards for the transportation of gas and for pipeline
facilities. Such rules shall be at least as inclusive, as stringent, and
compatible with, the minimum safety standards adopted by the Secretary of
Transportation under the Federal Act. Thereafter, the Commission shall
maintain such rules so that the rules are at least as inclusive, as
stringent, and compatible with, the minimum standards from time to time in
effect under the Federal Act. Notwithstanding the generality of the foregoing, the Commission shall not adopt or enforce standards governing downhole portions of an underground natural gas storage facility, as long as the Department submits to the Secretary of Transportation annually the certification described in 49 U.S.C. 60105(a) and the certification is not rejected under 49 U.S.C. 60105(f). The Commission and the Department shall work cooperatively with each other and with other entities in the federal and State governments to ensure that the policies embodied in the Federal Act, the Illinois Underground Natural Gas Storage Safety Act, this Act, the Illinois Oil and Gas Act, the Public Utilities Act, and the rules adopted thereunder, are fully effectuated. The Commission and the Department shall take steps to avoid the duplication of efforts while at the same time ensuring that all regulatory obligations are fulfilled. As long as the Department submits to the Secretary of Transportation annually the certification described in 49 U.S.C. 60105(a) and the certification is not rejected under 49 U.S.C. 60105(f), the Department shall have jurisdiction over the downhole portion of underground natural gas storage facilities subject to this Act. The Commission shall retain jurisdiction over all other portions of the underground natural gas storage facilities.
(b) Standards established under this Act may apply to the design,
installation, inspection, testing, construction, extension, operation,
replacement, and maintenance of pipeline facilities. Standards affecting
the design, installation, construction, initial inspection and initial
testing are not applicable to pipeline facilities in existence on the date
such standards are adopted. Whenever the Commission finds a particular
facility to be hazardous to life or property, it may require the person
operating such facility to take the steps necessary to remove the hazard.
(c) Standards established by the Commission under this Act shall,
subject to paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Section 3, be practicable and
designed to meet the need for pipeline safety. In prescribing such
standards, the Commission shall consider: similar standards established in
other states; relevant available pipeline safety data; whether such
standards are appropriate for the particular type of pipeline
transportation; the reasonableness of any proposed standards; and the
extent to which such standards will contribute to public safety.
Rules adopted under this Act are subject to "The Illinois Administrative
Procedure Act", approved September 22, 1975, as amended.
(Source: P.A. 100-1172, eff. 1-4-19.)