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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-80-089
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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 UNDERTERMINED SOURCE AND EXPLODED; THE SUBSEQUENT FIRE KILLED ONE PERSON AND EXTENSIVELY DAMAGED 25 HOUSES AND OTHER PROPERTY.
Recommendation: TO THE RESEARCH AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS ADMINISTRATION OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: Amend 49 CFR 195 to include a section similar to proposed 49 CFR 192.614, damage prevention program, to require that all liquid pipeline operators develop, implement, and monitor the effectiveness of an excavation damage prevention program. (Superseded by P-84-026)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Superseded
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: 9/3/1985
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: RSPA (Closed - Superseded)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: RSPA
Date: 9/3/1985
Response:

From: RSPA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/21/1983
Response: RSPA LETTER: THE FINAL RULE OF DOCKET PS-51 ESTABLISHES EFFECTIVE AND COMPREHENSIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR LIQUID PIPELINE OPERATORS TO DEVELOP, IMPLEMENT, AND MONITOR PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO MINIMIZE INCIDENTS INVOLVING EXCAVATION DAMAGE. SECTION 195.440 REQUIRES THAT OPERATORS ESTABLISH A CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM TO ENABLE THE PUBLIC, APPROPRIATE GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS AND PERSONS ENGAGED IN EXCAVATION RELATED ACTIVITIES TO RECOGNIZE A "LIQUID PIPELINE EMERGENCY."