CID INFORMATION UPDATE
Recently, CVE mailed out a letter to members informing them of a proposed directive from the Construction Industries Division (CID). This directive will have a negative impact on CVE, its members and the safety of co-op employees, the membership and the general public.
The directive was set to go into effect July 1. However, after CVE along with most of the distribution cooperatives in New Mexico, Xcel Energy and a few oil companies met with the CID to express their concerns and a 60 day extension was granted.
At this point no resolution has been determined. We will keep you informed on this issue as information comes available.
Click HERE to view a copy of the letter and for more information on this important issue.
Martin Romero, Acting Director for the Construction Industries Division (CID), announced on September 4, 2018 that the noted directive in the attached letter, will be delayed for another 30 day period, which would be October 1. This will allow additional time for all involved parties to determine new processes for inspection. There is discussion about designating another third party, separate from CID, to perform the required inspections. CVE will keep you posted as news becomes available.
September 13 update:
This topic has been delayed another 30 days, making the deadline October 31.
At this point, it appears that well-owners would have to get a NM licensed contractor to perform the work. The contractor would have to sign a statement saying that the work is in compliance with applicable electrical codes and that the contractor is liable for the work. The work would be inspected by a nationally certified inspector under the same standards used now by the CID. There would be a link on the CID website to the national registry of certified inspectors to allow customers and utilities to confirm that an inspector is qualified. This entire process would be mandated by either Commission rule or utility tariff. CID is supposed to provide a written response to the question of which facilities are no longer going to be inspected by CID. There are other specifics within the directive that have not been resolved. CVE continues to be actively involved in the process and will continue to insist on safety for our employees, members and the community.
A meeting was held October 3, with utilities, New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) staff, and Regulations and Licensing Superintendent Mike Unthank, as well as Deputy Superintendent Pat McMurray with the Construction Industires Division (CID).
The CID still needs to determine which facilities will no longer be inspected by CID, and they believe they don't have jurisdiction to inspect on federal properties. CID is working to get agreements that would give them authority to inspect on federal properties from federal entities such as the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Forest Service. However, getting a settled proposal for the inspection of oil and gas facilities is a higher priority.
The process for the current proposal for oil and gas inspections will have customer-owned facilities installed by a licensed New Mexico contractor and then have the facilities inspected by a third party inspectro. A form will be required to be signed by both the contrator and the third party inspector.
The deadline to have processes in place is October 31.
The CID will once again extend the date of the directive and continue to inspect electrical installations for oil and gas facilities until December 15, 2018. The intent is to allow further time for a reasonable pool of third party inspectors to be established. It will also give CVE and other utilities time to file revisions to Rules and Regulations, which will reflect the new procedures, as well as, the Statement of Fact form with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. CVE will continue to work with the NM Oil and Gas Association to facilitate a workable solution for the future.
November 20 Update: