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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-84-028
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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 AMERICAN LAND DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION AND THE URBAN LAND INSTITUTE: ADVISE ITS MEMBERS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE ACCIDENT NEAR WEST ODESSA, TEXAS, ON MARCH 15, 1983, AND URGE THEM TO COOPERATE WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAND PLANNING AND ZONING AGENCIES IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF RESTRICTIONS AGAINST THE DEVELOPMENT OF RESIDENTIAL LOTS OVER PIPELINES TRANSPORTING HAZARDOUS LIQUIDS OR GASES OR OF LOTS ON WHICH CONSTRUCTION WILL NECESSARILY ENCROACH ON EASEMENTS FOR THE PIPELINES.
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: 5/22/1989
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Land Development Association (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Urban Land Institute (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Urban Land Institute
Date: 5/18/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Urban Land Institute
Date: 6/7/1988
Response:

From: NTSB
To: American Land Development Association
Date: 5/22/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: American Land Development Association
Date: 6/7/1988
Response: