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Pipeline facilities (and associated gathering lines) are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Pipeline Safety, under authority of the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968 and the Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Act of 1979. However, persons constructing and operating pipelines in Indiana also may need permits or approvals from several different agencies including, but not limited to: IDEM, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
If there is a pumping station or a compressor station, an IDEM air permit may be required.
Indiana Code, Title 13, Article 15, Chapter 8 requires that all applicants seeking environmental permits on property for which an environmental permits has not previously been issued must notify adjoining property owners with 10 working days of submitting a permit application.
As mentioned above, pipeline construction could require a Section 404 wetland permit, or other permits issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Depending on where within Indiana the pipeline is to be located, the USACE office in Louisville, Chicago, or Detroit will have jurisdiction.
If pipeline construction will involve a stream crossing, or construction within a floodway, a permit from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) may be required.
Similarly, a permit will be required from IDNR if any anode wells (associated with corrosion protection) are drilled. For questions related to such well drilling activities, call IDNR: (317) 232-0154.
Contact IDEM’s OWQ Wastewater Permits Section at (800) 451-6027, ext. 2-8703.