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Safety Recommendation P-04-013
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Synopsis: On April 7, 2003, about 8:55 p.m., central daylight time, an 80,000-barrel storage tank at ConocoPhillips Company’s (ConocoPhillips) Glenpool South tank farm in Glenpool, Oklahoma, exploded and burned as it was being filled with diesel. The tank had previously contained gasoline, which had been removed from the tank earlier in the day. The tank contained between 7,397 and 7,600 barrels of diesel at the time of the explosion. The resulting fire burned for about 21 hours and damaged two other storage tanks in the area. The cost of the accident, including emergency response, environmental remediation, evacuation, lost product, property damage, and claims, was $2,357,483. There were no injuries or fatalities. Nearby residents were evacuated, and schools were closed for 2 days.
Recommendation: TO THE INSTITUTE OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS: Revise the National Electrical Safety Code to establish requirements for operators to prepare and implement emergency response plans for electric facilities where an emergency may affect pipeline facilities or that may be affected by emergencies at pipeline facilities.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Glenpool, OK, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA03MP001
Accident Reports:
Storage Tank Explosion and Fire
Report #: PAR-04-02
Accident Date: 4/7/2003
Issue Date: 11/4/2004
Date Closed: 6/5/2007
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc.
Date: 6/5/2007
Response: Mr. Amrhyn advised the Safety Board that the NESC Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) for the 2002 and 2007 editions of the NESC, proposed by the IEEE in February 2005 to establish the requirements described above, did not receive the necessary 75-percent approval from the NESC main committee. Mr. Amrhyn indicated that, although many committee members recognize the importance of emergency planning and response requirements, many believe this information is not appropriate for inclusion in the NESC; others believe that this issue would more appropriately be introduced as the subject of an NESC change proposal. The Safety Board reminds the IEEE that other industry codes applicable to major infrastructure include provisions for emergency planning and training; for example, ASME B-41.8, ASME B31.4 and NFPA 30. Further, as a result of the Safety Board’s Glenpool accident report, the ConocoPhilips facility and the American Electric Power facility in Glenpool, Oklahoma, as well as the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration, have already implemented corrective measures along these lines. As such, the Safety Board continues to believe that comprehensive, practical industry guidance for the preparation of emergency plans would help electrical systems respond effectively to emergencies involving their utilities. Accordingly, because the recommended action did not receive the necessary 75-percent approval from the NESC main committee and is unlikely to do so in future ballot votes, Safety Recommendation P-04-13 is classified CLOSED--UNACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 11/27/2006
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 1/10/2007 1:03:01 PM MC# 2070012:11-27-06: -From Chuck Amrhyn, Chairman of the NESC: The National Electrical Safety Code Committee (NESC) would like to thank the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for forwarding its recommendation P-04-13 to our attention. As you know, the NESC is revised by subcommittees of volunteer members following well-defined policies and procedures. Because NTSB sent its recommendation P-04-13 after the deadline for new change proposals for the 2007 Edition of the NESC (the change proposal revision process is on a 5-year cycle), the recommendation was treated as a Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA), which applies to items that are deemed too urgent to wait for the next Code revision cycle. After receiving your recommendation, the Interim Amendment Subcommittee (IASC) reviewed several iterations of suggested text. Once text was approved by the IASC, it was reviewed by Subcommittee 1 - Coordination, where it also went through several iterations before being approved at this level. The NESC Main Committee has the final authority for voting on all changes for the NESC. The NESC procedures require that 75% approval of the Main Committee's volunteer membership is needed for a letter ballot to pass. The TIA did not receive the required 75% approval from the committee, meaning that the letter ballot failed. Comments submitted by members of the Main Committee indicated that many members felt that, although emergency planning and response requirements are important, they are not properly included in the NESC, which is a performance standard. Other members felt that the NTSB recommendations in P-04-13 are more appropriately the subject of an NESC change proposal.

From: NTSB
To: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc.
Date: 5/31/2005
Response: The Safety Board notes that the NESC will develop and issue a Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) for the 2002 and 2007 editions of the NESC, which will establish requirements for operators to prepare and implement emergency response plans for electric facilities that may be affected by emergencies at pipeline facilities. Subsequent editions of the NESC will incorporate the TIA wording or similar text as permanent code. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation P-04-13 is classified OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE, pending completion of the TIA.

From: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 4/6/2005
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 4/6/2005 10:59:36 AM MC# 2050147 Fax received from Mr. Bill Ash NESC Program Manager for IEEE; reads as follows: -From O.C. Amrhyn, Chairman of the NESC: The National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) Subcommittee 1, for Purpose, Scope, Application, Definitions, and References, has received and reviewed the National Transportation Safety Board Safety Recommendation P-04-13. I would first like to thank you for bringing this accident to our attention. Also the NESC Subcommittee 1 has reviewed the NTSB report (PAR-04-02) on the Glenpool Oklahoma accident and believes that NTSB concerns can be addressed by issuing a Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) for the 2002 and 2007 Editions of the NESC. Shown below are the operating procedures that NESC must follow when issuing a TIA. We have started this process and will notify the NTSB of the outcome. Following completion of the approval process, subsequent code editions will incorporate the TIA wording or similar text as permanent code.