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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-81-034
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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 AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS, GAS PIPING STANDARDS COMMITTEE: DEVELOP GUIDELINES FOR THE AMOUNT OF PIPE TO BE REMOVED IN THE REPAIR OF LONGITUDINAL SEAM FAILURES IN OPERATING PIPELINES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable 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: 3/7/1997
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: 3/7/1997
Response: P-81-34 RECOMMENDED THAT THE COMMITTEE: DEVELOP GUIDELINES FOR THE AMOUNT OF PIPE TO BE REMOVED IN THE REPAIR OF LONGITUDINAL SEAM FAILURES IN OPERATING PIPELINES. BECAUSE OF THE GUIDANCE THE COMMITTEE PUBLISHED IN SECTION 2 OF PARAGRAPH 192.713 OF THE GPTC GUIDE FOR GAS TRANSMISSION & DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM (THE GUIDE), P-81-34 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
To: NTSB
Date: 3/19/1996
Response: GPTC HAS PUBLISHED GUIDE MATERIAL SECTION 2 UNDER 192.713 AS ITS RESPONSE TO THIS RECOMMENDATION.

From: NTSB
To: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Date: 1/19/1983
Response: The Safety Board appreciates your acceptance of our recommendation and your commitment to follow through with the publication of ASME guide material. We will hold the file for Safety Recommendation P-81-34 in an “Open--Acceptable Action” status pending publication of the guide material and receipt of a copy by the Safety Board. Your continued cooperation toward improving pipeline transportation safety is appreciated.

From: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
To: NTSB
Date: 11/2/1982
Response: ASME LETTER: WORK IS STILL IN PROGRESS TO DEVELOP GUIDE MATERIAL WHICH WOULD BE MEANINGFUL TO AN OPERATOR FACED WITH A PROBLEM SIMILAR TO THAT WHICH OCCURRED IN LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA. WE ANTICIPATE THAT GUIDE MATERIAL COVERING THIS RECOMMENDATION SHOULD BE AVAILABLE IN 1983.

From: NTSB
To: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Date: 10/5/1982
Response: On August 26, 1981, the National Transptiation Safety Board iesued Safety Recommendation P-81-84 to your Committee. This recommendation was issued as a result of our investigation of the Four Corners Pipeline Company, pipeline rupture and fire at Long Beach, California, on December 1,1980. Our recads show that we )ave not meived any indication of action taken by your Committee regarding the recommended actions. We note that an acknowledgment of P-81-34 dated September 1, 1981, was received by the Board. We would appreciate being informed as to what efforts were made to implement the above recommendation. Enclosed alp Safety Board documents with which the recommendation was issued. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. We look forward to hearing from you in the near future.