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  1. PHMSA issues CAO to Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. following ND leak

    The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a corrective action order to Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. in Casper, Wyo., following a Dec. 5 crude oil leak on one of its pipelines in North Dakota. The accident on the Bicentennial system resulted in 4,200 bbl of crude being released into Ash Coulee Creek in Billings County, ND, PHMSA said on Dec. 21. The pipeline failure’s cause has not been determined, the US Department of Transportation agency emphasized. A preliminary investigation by PHMSA’s Office of Pipeline Safety said there apparently was ground movement near the leak’s location. The segment that was involved was installed 45 ft below the ground’s surface in 2013, PHMSA said. The accident did not cause any known human injuries, but may have poisoned some cattle when some of the spilled crude entered the nearby Little Missouri National Grassland. PHMSA’s order required Belle Fourche Pipeline to shut the pipeline down immediately and remove the affected segment for analysis when weather allows it. BFP also was ordered to conduct daily aerial patrols of the line for 2 weeks following the order’s issuance, complete mechanical and metallurgical testing of the failed pipe segment within 90 days, complete a root failure analysis supplemented and facilitated by an independent third-party vendor acceptable to PHMSA’s director within 120 days, and review and assess its emergency response effectiveness as related to the failure within 90 days. Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com .

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    Thu, 22 Dec 2016

  2. PHMSA issues interim final rule to address gas storage issues

    The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued an interim final rule (IFR) that aims to address issues related to underground natural gas storage facilities downhole facilities, including well integrity, wellbore tubing, and casing.

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    Wed, 14 Dec 2016

  3. 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

  4. PHMSA issues pipeline status advisory bulletin

    The US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued an advisory bulletin about procedures for changing a pipeline’s status from active to abandoned for pipeline owners and operators, and federal and state pipeline safety personnel.

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    Thu, 18 Aug 2016

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

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    Fri, 22 Jul 2016

  2. 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 ...

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. House Energy and Commerce Committee approves pipeline safety bill

    The US House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously passed HR 5050, the pipeline safety reauthorization bill, on Apr. 27. The action followed the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s approval of its own pipeline safety bill, HR 4937, a week earlier.

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    Wed, 27 Apr 2016

  7. 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

  8. House panel votes to move pipeline safety bill to full committee

    A US House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee unanimously approved pipeline safety legislation on Mar. 16 and sent the measure to the full committee for consideration.

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    Thu, 17 Mar 2016

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