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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-80-076
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Synopsis: ON JANUARY 30, 1980, AN 8-INCH-DIAMETER, REFINED PETROLEUM PRODUCTS PIPELINE OWNED BY THE PIPELINES OF PUERTO RICO, INC., AND OPERATED BY THE SHELL OIL COMPANY (PUERTO RICO) LTD. WAS STRUCK AND RUPTURED BY A BULLDOZER DURING MAINTENANCE WORK ON A NEARBY WATERLINE IN THE SECTOR CANA OF BAYAMON, PUERTO RICO, ABOUT 10 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SAN JUAN. GASOLINE FROM THE RUPTURE SPRAYED DOWNHILL AND RAN OFF INTO A SMALL CREEK. ABOUT 1 1/2 HOURS LATER, THE GASOLINE VAPORS WERE IGNITED BY AN UNDETERMINED SOURCE AND EXPLODED; THE SUBSEQUENT FIRE KILLED ONE PERSON AND EXTENSIVELY DAMAGED 25 HOUSES AND OTHER PROPERTY.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE PIPELINES OF PUERTO RICO, INC: IMMEDIATELY UPDATE THE LIST OF PARTIES TO BE CONTACTED IN AN EMERGENCY, AND INSTITUTE A PROCEDURE TO INSURE THAT THE LIST IS UPDATED AT LEAST ANNUALLY. (URGENT)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Bayamon, PR, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA80MP008
Accident Reports:
The Pipelines of Puerto Rico, Inc., Petroleum Products Pipeline Rupture and Fire
Report #: PAR-80-06
Accident Date: 1/30/1980
Issue Date: 2/26/1981
Date Closed: 9/7/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Pipelines of Puerto Rico, Inc. (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Pipelines of Puerto Rico, Inc.
Date: 9/7/1983
Response:

From: Pipelines of Puerto Rico, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 7/28/1983
Response: THE PIPELINES OF PUERTO RICO LETTER: THE LIST OF PARTIES TO BE CONTACTED ON AN EMERGENCY WAS UPDATED TOGETHER WITH THE CONTINGENCY PLAN. PROCEDURES TO UPDATE SUCH LIST ON OR ABOUT JUNE EACH YEAR HAD BEEN IMPLEMENTED.

From: NTSB
To: Pipelines of Puerto Rico, Inc.
Date: 5/19/1983
Response:

From: Pipelines of Puerto Rico, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 11/18/1982
Response: THE PIPELINES OF PUERTO RICO, INC., LETTER: RECOMMENDATION NOT IMPLEMENTED.

From: NTSB
To: Pipelines of Puerto Rico, Inc.
Date: 10/8/1982
Response: