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Safety Recommendation P-04-014
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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 AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS: Revise the emergency response planning requirements in your gas and hazardous liquid pipeline codes to include coordination with electric and other utilities that may need to respond to a pipeline emergency.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable 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: 1/10/2011
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Date: 1/10/2011
Response: The NTSB is pleased that B31.4/11 Committee item 04-1504 was published in the 2009 edition of ASME’s B31.4 Code Section, issued on March 26, 2010; that the B31.8 Committee-proposed revision, item 07-922, was published in the 2010 edition of Pressure Piping Code B31.8 on June 1, 2010; and that both of these revised documents have been made available to the public. Because these actions satisfy the recommendation, Safety Recommendation P-04-14 is classified CLOSED -- ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
To: NTSB
Date: 6/8/2010
Response: 2100216: - From Adam Maslowski, Secretary and Robert Horvath, Secretaries: As stated on ASME response letter dated November 6, 2007, B31.4/11 Committee item 04-1504 has been approved. The revisions have been published in the 2009 Edition of the B31.4 Code Section. The 2009 edition of the B31.4 Code Section was issued on March 26,2010 and is available to the public. The B31.8 Committee proposed revision (item 07-922) has been published in the 2010 editionofB31.8. The2010edition oftheB31.8CodeSectionwasissuedonJune 1,2010 and is available to the public. For your convenience, copies of all approved and proposed revisions as well as other pertinent information have been attached. Feel free to contact the undersigned for any additional information you may need.

From: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
To: NTSB
Date: 7/14/2008
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 7/22/2008 2:55:34 PM MC# 2080432: - From From Adam Maslowski, Secretary and Paul Stumpf, Secretary: As stated on ASME response letter dated November 6, 2007, B3 1.411 1 Committee item 04- 1 504 has been approved, and the revisions will be published in the 2009 Edition of the B3 1.4 Code Section. 'The B3 1.8 Committee proposed revisiorts (item 07-922) recsived E3 1 Standards Cmnmittee approval under ballot 08-28. This item will cow procced to &he Board C'II ?rewire Technology Codes and Standards for final approval and publication of Standard expected in 2009.

From: NTSB
To: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Date: 3/17/2008
Response: The Safety Board appreciates receiving the update on ASME’s action to address this recommendation, understands that the B31.4 committee approved a revision to the standard as requested, and notes that this change will be included in the next revision, scheduled for 2009. The Board further notes that the B31.8 committee developed and approved revisions to the current text of paragraph 850.43(a) under Item 07-922, and that this item now awaits approval from the B31 committee. Pending the publication of the 2009 edition of the B31.4 and B31.8 codes containing the recommended changes, Safety Recommendation P-04-14 is classified OPEN -- ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
To: NTSB
Date: 11/6/2007
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 11/13/2007 2:14:19 PM MC# 2070655: - From Gerardo Moino and Paul Stumpf, Secretaries: The Safety Board appreciates receiving the update on ASh4E’s action to address this recommendation, and understands that the B3 1.4 Committee approved a revision to the standard as requested. From prior correspondence, the Board is aware that because of the timing of the vote and the publication of the 2006 revised standard, the requested and approved change was not included in the 2006 standard. The change will be included in the next revision, scheduled for 2009. Further, in our January 24, 2005, and May 8, 2007, responses to ASME’s November 5, 2004, and November 13, 2006, letters, the Safety Board pointed out that the B31.8 Code does not list electric or other utilities among the parties a pipeline operator should contact when planning its response to an emergency. The Board again reminds ASME that, to meet the intent of the recommendation, it should also revise the B3 1.8 Code. In the Glenpool report, the Board provided a discussion of the information included in the Gas Piping Technology Committee’s document for the B31.4 and B31.8 committees to consider during the revision process. Pending the publication of the 2009 edition of the B3 1.4 Code including the recommended changes, and revision of the B3 1.8 Code to include the same information, Safety Recommendation P-04-14 is classified “Open-Acceptable Response. Thank you for this update and for ASME’S,commitment to pipeline safety. The Safety Board looks forward to receiving additional updates as actions to address Safety Recommendations P-99-2 and P-04-14 are completed.

From: NTSB
To: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Date: 10/5/2007
Response: The Safety Board appreciates receiving the update on ASME’s action to address this recommendation, and understands that the B31.4 Committee approved a revision to the standard as requested. From prior correspondence, the Board is aware that because of the timing of the vote and the publication of the 2006 revised standard, the requested and approved change was not included in the 2006 standard. The change will be included in the next revision, scheduled for 2009. Further, in our January 24, 2005, and May 8, 2007, responses to ASME’s November 5, 2004, and November 13, 2006, letters, the Safety Board pointed out that the B31.8 Code does not list electric or other utilities among the parties a pipeline operator should contact when planning its response to an emergency. The Board again reminds ASME that, to meet the intent of the recommendation, it should also revise the B31.8 Code. In the Glenpool report, the Board provided a discussion of the information included in the Gas Piping Technology Committee’s document for the B31.4 and B31.8 committees to consider during the revision process. Pending the publication of the 2009 edition of the B31.4 Code including the recommended changes, and revision of the B31.8 Code to include the same information, Safety Recommendation P04-14 is classified OPEN -- ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE. Thank you for this update and for ASME’s commitment to pipeline safety. The Safety Board looks forward to receiving additional updates as actions to address Safety Recommendations P-99-2 and P-04-14 are completed.

From: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
To: NTSB
Date: 5/30/2007
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 6/7/2007 10:27:49 AM MC# 2070259: - From Gerardo Moino and Paul Stumpf, Secretaries: Regarding recommendation P-04-14: ASME approved B31.4/11 Committee item 04-1504 in 2006, and the revisions will be published in the 2009 Edition of the B3 1.4 Code Section. The B31.8 Committee is currently revjewing this recommendation under item 07-922. As an update the B31.8 Committee will discuss the pertinent issues at the June 11-13, 2007 B31.8 meetings.

From: NTSB
To: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Date: 5/8/2007
Response: The Safety Board appreciates the update on ASME’s action to address this recommendation, and understands that the B31.4 committee approved a revision to the standard as requested. Mr. Moino reports that because of the voting’s timing and the publication of the 2006 revised standard, however, the requested and approved change was not included in the 2006 standard. The change will be included in the next revision, scheduled for 2009. Further, in our January 24, 2005, response to ASME’s November 5, 2004, letter, the Safety Board noted that the B31.8 code does not list electric or other utilities among the parties a pipeline operator should contact when planning its response to an emergency. To meet the intent of the recommendation, the B31.8 code should be revised as well. In the Glenpool report, the Board provided a discussion of the information included in the Gas Piping Technology Committee’s document for B31.4 and 31.8 to consider during the revision process. Pending the publication of the 2009 edition of the B31.4 code including the recommended changes and the inclusion of the same information in the B31.8 code, Safety Recommendation P-04-14 is classified OPEN -- ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
To: NTSB
Date: 11/13/2006
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 11/20/2006 1:27:59 PM MC# 2060556: - From Gerardo Moino, Secretary: This letter serves to notify the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the measures taken by the ASIYE 631.4/11 Committee on Liquid and Slurry Piping Transportation Systems concerning the above referenced NTSB recommendations. Regarding NTSB recommendations P-99-002 and P-04-004: On October 20, 2006, ASME issued the 2006 edition of the 631.4 Pipeline Transportation Systems for Liquid Hydrocarbons and Other Liquids Standard. The 2006 edition of the 831.4 Standard contains new requirements developed to address these NTSB recommendations. For your convenience, I have attached the new pertinent requirements contained in the 2006 edition. For your records, NTSB recommendations P-99-002 and P-04-004 were addressed under ASME B31.4/11 Committee items 02-2229, and 04-956 respectively. Regarding NTSB recommendation P-04-014: B31.4/11 Committee item 04-1504 has been approved, however, approval was granted too late for inclusion into the 2006 edition of the 831.4 Standard. Therefore, the revision to "454 Emergency Plan" will be published in the 2009 edition of the 831.4 Standard. The approved revision has also been attached.

From: NTSB
To: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Date: 1/24/2005
Response: The Safety Board appreciates receiving information concerning ASME's actions to address this recommendation. We note that ASME B31.4 committee on Pipeline Transportation Systems for Hydrocarbons and Other Liquids will review this recommendation under tracking number 04-1504 at its next meeting. We note, however, that the 31.8 code also does not list electric or other utilities among parties a pipeline operator should contact when planning its response to an emergency, and therefore believe that the 31.8 code should be revised as well. In the Glenpool report, the Board provided a discussion of the information that the Gas Piping Technology Committee's document includes, just as a point of reference for B31.4 and 31.8 to consider during this process. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation P-04-14 is classified OPEN -- ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE, pending receipt of further information on the outcome of the meeting and on what action ASME intends to take on this issue.

From: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
To: NTSB
Date: 11/5/2004
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 11/16/2004 11:00:08 AM MC# 2040678 - From Ed Maradiaga and Gerardo Moino, Secretaries: This letter is to confirm receipt of your referenced letter (P-04-14). The ASME B31.4 committee on Pipeline Transportation Systems for Liquid Hydrocarbons and Other Liquids will he reviewing the recommendations under Tracking No. 04-1504 at their next meeting. Currently the ASME B31.8 Code on Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Systems states that each gas pipeline operating company shall, at a minimum, establish written procedures and a plan for the prompt and effective response to a notice of each type of emergency, control emergency situations inclusive of action taken by first employee arriving at the scene, and disseminate information, particularly, to the public. The referenced Gas Piping Technology Committee (GPTC) document in your reference letter - Guide for Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Systems - has been property of the American Gas Association (AGA) since 1972 and it is AGA's GPTC who maintains it. For inquiries concerning the document, you may contact Mr. Paul Gustilo at phone: 202-824-7335 or email: pgustilo@;aga.org. Feel free to contact the undersigned for any additional information you may need Glenpool, Oklahoma - April 7, 2003 Explosion and Fire of Diesel Fuel Storage Tank..