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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-84-020
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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: PROVIDE TO THE TULSA DISPATCH CONTROL CENTER SUFFICIENT INFORMATION ON OPERATING CONDITIONS ALONG THE PIPELINE SYSTEM TO ENABLE DISPATCHERS TO IDENTIFY THE REASON FOR ANY ACTUATION OF AN OPERATING CONSOLE ALARM.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable 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: 2/21/1989
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Mid-America Pipeline System (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Mid-America Pipeline System
Date: 2/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Mid-America Pipeline System
Date: 4/1/1988
Response:

From: Mid-America Pipeline System
To: NTSB
Date: 10/8/1987
Response: AS STATED IN MY LETTER OF MAY 19, 1987, MID-AMERICA PIPELINE HAS BEEN INSTALLING "SMART" REMOTE TERMINAL UNITS (RTU'S) AT A NUMBER OF OUR FACILITIES AND ALONG THE PIPELINE AT LOCATIONS THAT WILL ENHANCE THE REMOTE CONTROL OF THE PIPELINE SYSTEMS.

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

From: Mid-America Pipeline System
To: NTSB
Date: 5/19/1987
Response: THE USE OF REMOTE TERMINAL UNITS (RTU'S) FOR DATA ACQUISITION HAS BEEN EXPANDED FROM ITS APPLICATION TO SITE SPECIFIC LOCATIONS TO WHERE THE MAJORITY OF THE NEW FIELD UNITS ARE NOW EQUIPPED WITH THEM. IN ADDITION, WITH THE ADVENT OF "SMART" RTU'S THERE ARE FEW APPLICATIONS THAT DO NOT JUSTIFY THEIR INSTALLATION IN THE ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION.

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: