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  1. PHMSA orders Colonial to shut Line No. 1 down, prepare restart plan

    The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ordered Colonial Pipeline Co., Alpharetta, Ga., to shut down a segment of its Line No. 1 near Helena, Ala., a week after a gasoline leak was detected there. The US Department of Transportation agency’s Sept. 16 corrective action order also required the petroleum products pipeline company to prepare a restart plan for PHMSA’s approval before resuming shipments through the repaired segment. Colonial shut the pipeline and nearby Line No. 2 down on Sept. 9 after an Alabama Surface Mining Commission inspector notified the company that he smelled gasoline at a surface containment pond and found dead vegetation nearby. It immediately sent repair and cleanup crews to the scene and began to arrange transportation alternatives for customers receiving gasoline shipments through Line No. 1. Normally, the two pipelines transport 2.6 million b/d of products. “Colonial is currently shipping significant volumes of gasoline on Line 2, the distillate mainline, to help mitigate the impact of the service interruption to Line 1,” the company said on Sept. 19. “These changes have allowed all origins and delivery markets to be served along the entire system, albeit in a reduced capacity.” Colonial began to gather gasoline from Gulf Coast refiners the previous week to ship supplies on its distillate line to terminals in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina, it noted. It began to implement construction of a bypass around the affected Line No. 1 segment on Sept. 17 under initially favorable weather conditions. It initially estimated that 6,000-8,000 bbl of gasoline had leaked. The governors of the five states issued executive orders temporarily suspending various state and federal regulations that potentially could have impeded delivery of gasoline supplies, Colonial said. “In addition, fuel shippers continue to implement contingency plans to further mitigate potential disruptions to their operations,” it said on Sept. 17. Under PHMSA’s order, Colonial must complete mechanical and metallurgical testing and a failure analysis of the failed pipe by an independent laboratory or expert within 45 days of excavation and exposure of the assumed failure site, and perform an in-line inspection of the affected pipeline segment within 90 days of restarting it to ensure there has been no metal loss, deformation, or other damage. Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com .

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  2. PHMSA conditionally allows Colonial Pipeline to restart Line No. 1

    The US Pipeline and Hazardous Safety Administration gave Colonial Pipeline Co. conditional permission to restart Line No. 1, which was shut down after an estimated 6,000-8,000 bbl of gasoline leaked from it near Shelby, Ala., on Sept. 9.

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    Wed, 21 Sep 2016

  3. Upstream independents protest PHMSA ’s proposal for gathering lines

    Independent oil and gas producers are asking the US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to not begin regulating gathering and production lines as part of the US Department of Transportation agency’s latest proposed pipeline safety rules. PHMSA failed to comply with a congressional ...

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    Wed, 13 Jul 2016

  4. API, other groups ask PHMSA to clarify rail tank car safety roles

    The American Petroleum Institute and nine other oil and gas industry and other business trade associations asked the US Pipeline & Hazardous Material Safety Administration to clarify its role as a rail tank car safety regulator and the industry’s role in recommending and developing new standards.

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    Mon, 15 Aug 2016

  1. PHMSA issues pipeline status advisory bulletin

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    Thu, 18 Aug 2016

  2. DOE, PHMSA jointly launch interagency gas storage safety task force

    The US Department of Energy and US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration jointly launched an interagency task force to examine natural gas storage safety, DOE Undersecretary Lynn Orr and PHMSA Administrator Marie Therese Dominguez jointly announced.

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    Mon, 4 Apr 2016

  3. PHMSA fines ExxonMobil Pipeline $2.6 million for 2013 Arkansas leak

    The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ( PHMSA ) fined ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. more than $2.6 million in connection with the 2013 rupture causing a crude-oil leak from its Pegasus Pipeline near Mayflower, Ark.

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    Fri, 2 Oct 2015

  4. PHMSA proposes crude-by-rail response, data-sharing procedures

    The US Pipeline & Hazardous Material Safety Administration proposed new oil spill response and information procedures for high-hazard flammable trains (HHFT) in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration.

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    Fri, 22 Jul 2016

  5. Partnerships are essential for success, new PHMSA administrator says

    Partnerships with pipeline owner-operators, state and local governments, and Congress will be critical as the US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ( PHMSA ) strives to be a more effective regulator amid rapid change, its new administrator told a US Senate Commerce, Science, and ...

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    Mon, 21 Sep 2015

  6. PHMSA seeks comments about regulating carbon dioxide pipelines

    The US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is seeking comments on a report it developed, “Background for Regulating the Transportation of Carbon Dioxide in a Gaseous State,” as part of its effort to develop minimum requirements for safely transporting CO 2 , the US Department of ...

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    Mon, 27 Jun 2016

  7. PHMSA orders Texas Eastern to address Penn Jersey pipeline failure

    The US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials and Safety Administration issued a corrective action order requiring Texas Eastern Transmission LP to take necessary corrective actions following the failure of a gas pipeline on its Penn Jersey system.

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    Thu, 5 May 2016

  8. PHMSA issues safety alert on Bakken crude flammability

    The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ( PHMSA ) issued a safety alert to shippers and carriers, emergency responders, and the general public that Bakken crude should be handled carefully because it may be more flammable than other grades.

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    Fri, 3 Jan 2014

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