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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-98-033
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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: REVIEW YOUR DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING PROGRAM & ENSURE THAT ALL OPERATING EMPLOYEES & MANAGERS ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE PROGRAM & PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS, TO INCLUDE THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN TESTS FOR ALCOHOL & TESTS FOR OTHER DRUGS.
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)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Colonial Pipeline Company
Date: 1/9/2001
Response: The Safety Board is pleased that Colonial has reviewed its drug and alcohol testing program and has taken action to ensure that all operating employees and managers are familiar with the program and program requirements, including the distinction between tests for alcohol and tests for other drugs, as requested. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation P-98-33 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 1. Colonial has reviewed it's drug and alcohol testing program to ensure that all operating employees and managers are familiar with the program and program requirements, including the distinction between tests for alcohol and tests for other drugs. Colonial established and implemented (pursuant to CPF 27501 issued by the Office of Pipeline Safety following the Reedy River incident) an annual operating personnel refresher training program in 1998. In 1999, this annual refresher-training program was revised to include a training module specifically addressing Colonial's drug and alcohol program. All operating personnel (controllers, operators, technicians and operations managers) must complete the refresher course on an annual basis. The refresher course is designed to address the drug and alcohol testing requirements set forth in 49 CFR Part 199, Colonial's Corporate Policy No. 43 (Anti-Drug Plan for DOT Requirements) and Colonial's Corporate Policy No. 46 (Alcohol Misuse Prevention Plan.).

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.