(c) As used in this rule, “ultimate consumer” means a third-party end-user
occupying an area containing distribution piping from the distribution pipeline system
who routinely consumes gas from the system.
(d) As used in this rule, “sub-meter” means 1 of 2 or more meters for measuring
different sections of gas supply that is located downstream from a master meter.
(2) An operator shall not supply gas to any new master meter system established on
or after January 1, 2019 unless the commission has provided a waiver.
(3) The design, construction, inspection, and testing of additions to existing master
meter systems are the responsibility of the operator with the direct costs paid by the
owner, unless the commission has provided a waiver.
(4) Unless the commission has provided a waiver, for master meter systems that
were established before January 1, 2019, an operator shall make efforts to negotiate an
operations and maintenance agreement with the master meter system owner that ensures
compliance with all applicable requirements of the gas safety standards for that system.
The direct cost to the operator for services performed under this agreement, including an
appropriate administrative overhead, may be charged to the owner of the master meter
system. The monthly charge per service line must not exceed the residential meter
charge or customer charge included in the operator’s tariffs on January 1, 2018. An
operator shall apply for any necessary waivers under this subrule by January 1, 2020.
(5) Beginning March 15, 2019, all operators shall provide an annual report to the
commission describing the location, type of facility served, number of services at each
known master meter system in service at the end of the previous calendar year, and the
names and contact information for all known master meter system owners with whom the
operator is unable to execute an operations and maintenance contract.
History: 2019 AACS.
R 460.20338 Farm taps.
Rule 338. (1) As used in this rule, “farm tap” means a distribution line directly
connected to a production, gathering, or transmission pipeline not operated as part of a
distribution system, or to a natural gas producing well, compressor station, or gas
processing facility that delivers gas to a landowner or occupant other than the operator.
(2) Effective January 1, 2019, an operator shall not construct any new farm taps
unless all of the following apply:
(a) The operator is a public utility as defined in section 1 of 1972 PA 299, MCL
(b) The farm tap complies with all of the requirements of the gas safety standards.
(c) The gas supplied meets the requirements for gas quality set forth in part 8 of the
technical standards for gas service, R 460.2381 and R 460.2382.
(3) This rule does not apply to domestic wells. As used in this rule, “domestic well”
means a well that produces gas and that is owned by the owner of the surface estate on
which the well is located and that is used only to provide gas for the owner’s domestic
(4) Beginning March 15, 2019, all operators supplying gas to 1 or more farm taps
shall provide an annual report on the status of farm taps connected to the operator’s
facilities. The report must include the location of each farm tap connection, safety