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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-80-087
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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 GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PUERTO RICO: DIRECT THE APPROPRIATE UTILITIES AND AGENCIES OF PUERTO RICO TO ESTABLISH AN ISLAND-WIDE "ONE-CALL" EXCAVATION NOTIFICATION SYSTEM.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable 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: 4/13/1988
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
To: NTSB
Date: 6/2/1988
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Date: 4/13/1988
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Date: 5/19/1983
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Date: 10/8/1982
Response: