49-34B-11 Initial inspection fee for intrastate operators--Filing objection--Delinquency fee--Fees c...
Initial inspection fee for intrastate operators--Filing objection--Delinquency fee--Fees credited to pipeline safety account.
An initial inspection fee shall be assessed on July 1, 1994,
to all intrastate gas pipeline operators. The initial inspection fee is one hundred thousand dollars and
shall be prorated among all intrastate gas pipeline operators based on their number of meters or miles
of line, whichever is applicable, which are in service on December 31, 1993. To the extent it has
jurisdiction, the commission shall allow the operator full rate recovery of the initial inspection fee.
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 initial inspection
fee within thirty days after the assessment was mailed, the commission may impose a delinquency
fee of ten percent of the initial 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 established in § 49-34B-9. 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, § 10.