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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-98-032
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Synopsis: ABOUT 11:54 P.M EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME ON 6/26/96, A 36-INCH-DIAMETER COLONIAL PIPELINE COMPANY PIPELINE RUPTURED WHERE A CORRODED SECTION OF THE PIPELINE CROSSED THE REEDY RIVER AT FORK SHOALS, SOUTH CAROLINA. THE RUPTURE PIPELINE RELEASED ABOUT 957,600 GALLONS OF FUEL OIL INTO THE REEDY RIVER & SURROUNDING AREAS. THE ESTIMATED COST TO COLONIAL FOR CLEANUP & SETTLEMENT WITH THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA WAS $20.5 MILLION. NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE ACCIDENT.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE COLONIAL PIPELINE COMPANY: ASSESS THE POTENTIAL SAFETY RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR CONTROLLER REST/WORK SCHEDULES & MODIFY, AS NECESSARY, THOSE SCHEDULES TO ENSURE THAT CONTROLLER PERFORMANCE IS NOT COMPROMISED BY FATIGUE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Fork Shoals, SC, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA96MP005
Accident Reports:
Pipeline Rupture and Release of Fuel Oil in the Reedy River
Report #: PAR-98-01
Accident Date: 6/26/1996
Issue Date: 11/18/1998
Date Closed: 1/9/2001
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Colonial Pipeline Company (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Fatigue

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Colonial Pipeline Company
Date: 1/9/2001
Response: The Safety Board is pleased to learn that Colonial contracted with Circadian Technologies, Inc. (CTI) to analyze fatigue risks in Colonial’s Atlanta Control Center operations. The CTI report, Fatigue Risks in Control Center Operations at Colonial Pipeline (September 1999), included recommendations divided into short- and long-term countermeasures. The Board understands that the short-term countermeasures, defined as those that were considered to be able to have been realistically implemented within 1 year, have been implemented and that Colonial is continuing work on implementing the long-term countermeasures. Because Colonial has taken action to assess the potential safety risks associated with controller and relief controller rest/work schedules and modify, as necessary, those schedules to ensure that controller performance is not compromised by fatigue, Safety Recommendation P-98-32 is classified “Closed—Acceptable Action.”

From: Colonial Pipeline Company
To: NTSB
Date: 10/3/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 10/10/2000 4:20:45 PM MC# 2001516 : Colonial contracted with Circadian Technologies, Inc. ("CTI") to analyze fatigue risks in Colonial's Atlanta Control Center operations. Their report, Fatigue Risks in Control Center Operations at Colonial Pipeline (September 1999), included recommendations divided into short and long-term countermeasures. Short-term countermeasures were defined as those which were considered to be able to have been realistically implemented within one year. Set out below is each of CTI's recommended countermeasures, immediately followed by Colonial's response thereto. The new Control Center Leader conducted a one on one interview with each Controller at the first of the year, and then followed up with a written survey of each Controller later in the year. See Tab 6 for a summary of the results of the written summary.

From: NTSB
To: Colonial Pipeline Company
Date: 7/17/2000
Response: TO DATE THERE HAS BEEN NO RESPONSE TO P-98-31 THROUGH -33. THE SAFETY BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE LEARNING WHAT ACTION COLONIAL HAS TAKEN TO IMPLEMENT THESE RECOMMENDATIONS.