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I understand his point. I don't agree with the utility companies going inside the residence to check for problems if they don't have any equipment inside the home. Anyways, aren't most gas meters installed in such a way that they can be replaced without turning off the gas to the home? That's not just a west coast thing, is it?
My father has had propane on his property for over twenty years. About a month ago his propane supplier called to say his lines inside the house need to be inspected, and they would do it for the discounted rate of only $50. He ended up letting them in, even though they had nothing to do with the lines inside the house.
“DOT interprets the rule to require Dominion East Ohio and other natural gas utilities to inspect natural gas lines all the way to the end, where the house lines connect with individual appliances,” he said.
I don't think DOT has jurisdiction inside a home, their involvement ends at the meter, and even there I think it is questionable. Transmission lines and buried pipe OK, but otherwise I don't see where they get involved.
The federal requirements cited by the gas company in its letter to Troyer refer to a 1970 code of the U.S. Transportation Department, amended several times, most recently in 2004, according to Dominion. The code doesn’t say outright that a gas company must have access to a house. Rather, it says “leakage surveys” must be done once every three years for gas-distribution lines that aren’t protected “cathodically.”
DISTRIBUTION LINES, there are no stinking distribution lines inside a home. The buried pipe question is coming to the surface so to speak across the country, expect to see it in your area. The age of our nationwide NG and petro fuel lines is close to or past 50 years, the DOT and others are worried about the general condition of this hidden infrastructure.
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Here you can refuse to let the gas provider inspect your gas lines inside the home......but they can refuse to sell you gas also. They do not repair the lines if they find an issue but only notify the owner of the needed repairs by a licensed gas fitter. If they do find a problem they either red-tag the appliance and turn it off OR removed the gas meter until the repairs are made.