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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-84-019
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Synopsis: ON MARCH 15, 1983, AN 8-INCH-DIAMETER LIQUIFIED PETROLEUM GAS (LPG) PIPELINE OPERATED BY THE MID-AMERICA PIPELINE SYSTEM (MAPCO) WAS DAMAGED BY A ROTATING POWER AUGER BEING USED TO DRILL HOLES IN ROCKY TERRAIN TO PLANT TREES ON LOT 8, SECTION 5, BLOCK 43 OF THE CHAPARRAL ESTATES HOUSING DEVELOPMENT NEAR WEST ODESSA, TEXAS. THE DAMAGED PIPELINE RUPTURED AND WITHIN 3 MINUTES, LPG, WHICH WAS BEING TRANSPORTED AT 1,075 PSIG, ESCAPED, VAPORIZED, AND WAS IGNITED BY AN UNDETERMINED SOURCE. IN THE RESULTANT FIRE, FIVE PERSONS WERE KILLED AND FIVE PERSONS WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED--ONE PERSON DIED 5 DAYS LATER. TWO MOBILE HOMES, A SMALL FRAME HOUSE, AN AUGER TRUCK, TWO CARS, AND A PICKUP TRUCK WERE DESTROYED; 9,375 BARRELS OF LPG WERE BURNED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE MID-AMERICA PIPELINE SYSTEM: INSTITUTE A MORE AGGRESSIVE PROGRAM FOR THE REMOVAL OR ACCOMMODATION OF IDENTIFIED ENCROACHMENTS ON PIPELINE EASEMENTS WHICH INVOLVE ADDED RISKS OF DAMAGE TO PIPELINES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: West Odessa, TX, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA83MP015
Accident Reports:
Mid-America Pipeline System Liquefied Petroleum Gas Pipeline Rupture
Report #: PAR-84-01
Accident Date: 3/15/1983
Issue Date: 6/18/1984
Date Closed: 8/19/1987
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Mid-America Pipeline System (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Mid-America Pipeline System
Date: 8/19/1987
Response:

From: Mid-America Pipeline System
To: NTSB
Date: 5/19/1987
Response: MID-AMERICA PIPELINE COMPANY IS ACTIVELY PURSUING THE POSITION AS DIRECTED BY THE NTSB. OBVIOUSLY THESE EFFORTS ARE HINDERED BY THE LAWS THAT EXIST ON BEHALF OF PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS.

From: Mid-America Pipeline System
To: NTSB
Date: 12/3/1986
Response: THERE HAS BEEN NO RESPONSE OR FOLLOWUP TO THESE RECOMMENDA TIONS.

From: NTSB
To: Mid-America Pipeline System
Date: 12/3/1986
Response: