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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. PHMSA finalizes excess flow valve rule for gas distribution pipelines

    The US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a final rule on Oct. 7 for excess flow valves on new and replaced distribution pipelines. The final rule requires installation of EFVs in new or replaced service lines for multifamily residences—including apartment buildings and ...

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    Wed, 12 Oct 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. 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

  3. API, AFPM applaud FAA bill’s oil and gas drone use provision

    American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers officials separately expressed their pleasure as the US Senate approved a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill with language permitting the use of unmanned aircraft for oil and gas operations.

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    Thu, 14 Jul 2016

  4. 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

  5. FRA: Failure to maintain track led to Oregon oil train accident

    Union Pacific’s failure to maintain track and equipment led to the June 3 derailment of a crude oil train, a fire, and a 1,100-bbl spill near the town of Mosier, Ore., the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) said in a June 23 preliminary finding.

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    Mon, 27 Jun 2016

  6. Oregon DOT seeks federal suspension of oil-bearing trains in state

    Oregon’s Department of Transportation (ODOT) asked its federal counterpart to temporarily halt movement of trains carrying crude oil in the state until ways are found to prevent a track bolt failure that led to a June 3 derailment and 1,100-bbl oil spill on a Union Pacific track near the town of ...

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    Fri, 17 Jun 2016

  7. 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

  8. 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

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