49 CFR § 195.248 - Cover over buried pipeline.
(a) Unless specifically exempted in this subpart, all pipe must be buried so that it is below the level of cultivation. Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, the pipe must be installed so that the cover between the top of the pipe and the ground level, road bed, river bottom, or underwater natural bottom (as determined by recognized and generally accepted practices), as applicable, complies with the following table:
|Location||Cover inches (millimeters)|
|Industrial, commercial, and residential areas||36 (914)||30 (762)|
|Crossing of inland bodies of water with a width of at least 100 feet (30.5 meters) from high water mark to high water mark||48 (1219)||18 (457)|
|Drainage ditches at public roads and railroads||36 (914)||36 (914)|
|Deepwater port safety zones||48 (1219)||24 (610)|
|Gulf of Mexico and its inlets in waters less than 15 feet (4.6 meters) deep as measured from mean low water||36 (914)||18 (457)|
|Other offshore areas under water less than 12 ft (3.7 meters) deep as measured from mean low water||36 (914)||18 (457)|
|Any other area||30 (762)||18 (457)|
1 Rock excavation is any excavation that requires blasting or removal by equivalent means.
(1) It is impracticable to comply with the minimum cover requirements; and
(2) Additional protection is provided that is equivalent to the minimum required cover.
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