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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-81-033
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Synopsis: ON DECEMBER 1, 1980, A PIPELINE TRANSPORTING NAPHTHA RUPTURED UNDER THE ROAD AT THE INTERSECTION OF 28TH STREET AND GALE AVENUE IN LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA. ESCAPING PRODUCT UNDER HIGH PRESSURE BLEW A HOLE THROUGH THE PAVEMENT AND SPRAYED INTO THE AIR UP TO 20 FEET AND THEN FLOWED INTO THE GUTTERS. MOMENTS LATER, THE PRODUCT IGNITED BY AN UNDETERMINED SOURCE. THE ENSUING FLAMES REACHED A HEIGHT OF APPROXIMATELY 70 FEET. AS A RESULT OF THE FIRE, 5 PERSONS WERE INJURED, 1 HOUSE WAS DESTROYED, 11 HOUSES SUSTAINED MODERATE TO SEVERE DAMAGE, AND 11 MOTOR VEHICLES WERE DESTROYED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE ATLANTIC RICHFIELD COMPANY WATSON RENFINERY: ESTABLISH A PROCEDURE TO REQUIRE ITS SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL TO CHECK CLOSELY VALVE LINEUPS IN ITS REFINERY PIPING SO THAT SIMILAR ACCIDENTS ARE PREVENTED.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Long Beach, CA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA81MP002
Accident Reports:
Four Corners Pipeline Company Pipe Rupture and Fire
Report #: PAR-81-04
Accident Date: 12/1/1980
Issue Date: 8/26/1981
Date Closed: 9/15/1982
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: ARCO (Atlantic Richfield Company) (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: ARCO (Atlantic Richfield Company)
To: NTSB
Date: 10/12/1982
Response:

From: NTSB
To: ARCO (Atlantic Richfield Company)
Date: 9/15/1982
Response:

From: ARCO (Atlantic Richfield Company)
To: NTSB
Date: 10/15/1981
Response: ARCO PETROLEUM PRODUCTS CO. LTR: OUR TRAINING PROGRAMS QUALIFY OUR EMPLOYEES FOR THE DUTIES WHICH THEY PERFORM. OUR OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES ARE PLANNED AROUND QUALIFIED OPERATING CREWS AND THEREFORE IT IS IMPRACTICAL TO HAVE SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL CHECK ALL VALVE LINEUPS IN THE REFINERY PIPING. WE WILL, HOWEVER, ACCOMMODATE YOUR RECOMMENDATION TO THE EXTENT OF EMPHASIZING TO SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL THE IMPORTANCE OF CHECKING CLOSELY VALVE LINEUPS WHEN NEW OR INFREQUENT MOVEMENTS ARE MADE THROUGH OUR REFINERY PIPING.