Printer Friendly

Oil pipeline safety urged.

Owners of an oil pipeline that burst in California must take numerous corrective measures, including an in-depth analysis of factors contributing to the spill and a plan to fix any flaws found, before they can restart the line, US safety officials said.

The corrective action order issued by the US Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration, or PHMSA, is not regarded as a disciplinary enforcement sanction against the company, Plains All American Pipeline, officials said. But it requires a detailed and lengthy list of actions before the oil line resumes operations, starting with removal of the failed pipe for metallurgical and mechanical tests, purging the line of remaining petroleum and an independent review of inspection results, past and present.

It also mandates a "root-cause analysis" that explores not only the direct cause of the spill but "every contributing factor" that may have played a part, such as any safety compliance issues, said Linda Daugherty, a deputy associate administrator for the agency.

The order sets deadlines for some actions: 45 days to complete tests of the failed pipe segment, 60 days for the root-cause analysis and 90 days to submit a plan for remedying any problems.

Copyright 2012

Copyright 2015 Al Hilal Publishing and Marketing Group Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc. ( ).

COPYRIGHT 2015 SyndiGate Media Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2015 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Oil & Gas News
Date:Jun 1, 2015
Previous Article:Weatherford hopes to win in Argentina.
Next Article:Wildfire shuts down 9pc of Alberta ouput.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters