Civil penalty for noncompliance with gas regulations
(1) Any person or municipality, or any agent, lessee, trustee or receiver of the person or municipality, engaged in the management, operation, ownership or control of facilities for the transmission or distribution of gas by pipeline, or of facilities for the storage or treatment of gas to be transmitted or distributed by pipeline, who fails to comply with ORS 757.039 (Regulation of hazardous substance distribution and storage operations), or fails to comply with any order, rule or regulation of the Public Utility Commission made pursuant to ORS 757.039 (Regulation of hazardous substance distribution and storage operations), is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $200,000 for each such failure for each day that the failure persists, except that the maximum civil penalty may not exceed $2 million for any related series of failures.
(2) Notwithstanding ORS 183.315 (Application of provisions of chapter to certain agencies) (6), 183.745 (Civil penalty procedures) (7)(d) and 756.500 (Complaint) to 756.610 (Judicial review), civil penalties under this section must be imposed by the commission as provided in ORS 183.745 (Civil penalty procedures).
(3) Civil penalties collected under this section must be paid into the General Fund and credited to the Public Utility Commission Account as described in ORS 756.990 (Penalties) (7). [1969 c.372 §4; 1991 c.199 §1; 2015 c.231 §1]
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