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Legal Memorandum: Retirement of Long-Lived Assets in WY

Issue: Legal Obligations for the Retirement of Long-Lived Assets for Public Utility Operators in Wyoming.

Area of Law: Administrative Law, Administrative Law & Regulation (Federal and State), Environmental Law
Keywords: Retirement or abandonment of long-lived assets; Public utility operators; Legal obligations
Jurisdiction: Wyoming
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: Wyo. R & Regs. Pub. Serv. Comm'n, ch. 2, § 208; 49 C.F.R. Part 192, ch. 4, § 417
Date: 11/01/2004

The Wyoming Public Service Commission’s regulations require that “any public utility proposing to discontinue or abandon any type of utility service . . . or to discontinue using, abandon, transfer, sell, lease or otherwise dispose of any utility plant or facilities used or useful in providing service to the public generally, shall . . . obtain authority therefore from the Commission by filing an application.”  Wyo. R & Regs. Pub. Serv. Comm’n, ch. 2, § 208 (2004).  The application shall substantially comply with the form attached as Appendix A.

In addition, the Commission has adopted the federal natural gas pipeline safety standards set forth in 49 C.F.R. Part 192 as the minimum standards for Wyoming.  Id. ch. 4, § 417.

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