49-34B-9 Inspection fee for intrastate operators--Recovery of unreasonable fees--Pipeline safety ac...
Inspection fee for intrastate operators--Recovery of unreasonable fees--Pipeline
safety account established.
From each pipeline operator subject to the intrastate pipeline inspection
authority under this chapter, the commission shall assess and collect an inspection fee in an amount
calculated according to § 49-34B-10. To the extent it has jurisdiction, the commission shall allow
the operator full rate recovery of inspection fees. The inspection fee shall be assessed annually. The
operator may, within thirty days after the assessment is mailed, file written objections with the
commission stating the grounds upon which it claims that the assessment is not reasonable. The
commission shall within thirty days of receiving such objections hold a hearing and issue an order
in accordance with its findings as to the proper amount to be assessed to the operator. The order may
be appealed pursuant to chapter 1-26. If an operator does not pay, or object to, the fee within thirty
days after the assessment was mailed, the commission may impose a delinquency fee of ten percent
of the inspection fee and interest at the rate of fifteen percent per year on the portion of the fee not
paid. Fees collected under this section shall be credited to the pipeline safety account which is hereby
established in the state treasury. Any interest earned on money in the fund shall be deposited in the
fund. The money is continuously appropriated to the use of the commission to implement and
administer the provisions of this chapter.
Source: SL 1994, ch 357, § 8; SL 2007, ch 273, § 5.