Federal agency levies $732,100 in fines against ONEOK

By The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has announced fines totaling $732,000 against Tulsa-based ONEOK following a fire at a ONEOK facility in Bushton, Kansas.

 

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has announced fines totaling $732,000 against Tulsa-based ONEOK following a fire at a ONEOK facility in Bushton, Kansas.

The PHMSA says 15 safety violations of pipeline safety regulations were found during an investigation following the fire that occurred in 2008.

The fines are against ONEOK NGL Pipeline, L.P., ONEOK NGL Pipeline, L.L.C., and ONEOK Underground Storage Company, L.L.C.

PHMSA says ONEOK operates 11,500 miles of pipeline transporting natural gas liquids in Oklahoma, Kansas and several other states.

ONEOK spokeswoman Stephanie Higgins said there were no injuries as a result of the fire and the company is reviewing the orders and considering its legal options.

A PHMSA official did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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