The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is cracking down on smaller violations in the crude oil, petroleum, and hazardous liquid industries to combat a slow rise in the number of pipeline accidents.
High-profile incidents that have spilled about a million gallons of crude oil have led PHMSA to scrutinize hazardous liquid pipelines more closely, lawyers say. The agency is asking more companies that operate those types of pipelines—including Anadarko Petroleum, Sunoco, Frontier Energy, and Dakota Midstream—to fill gaps in their safety procedures.
Companies that handle hazardous liquids, such as petroleum products, crude oil, anhydrous ammonia, biofuel, and carbon dioxide, are getting more letters and notices from the agency than gas and liquid natural gas companies are, data show.
“The focus on warning letters and notices of amendment is kind of like ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’ ” Indianapolis-based Paul Drucker, leader of Barnes & Thornburg’s pipeline practice team, said. “They’re trying to correct smaller problems before they turn into big problems.”
The American Petroleum Institute, Anadarko Petroleum, Sunoco, Frontier Energy and Dakota Midstream didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Read the full story here.
Don't miss our latest HSE content, delivered to your inbox twice monthly. Sign up for the HSE Now newsletter. If you are not logged in, you will receive a confirmation email that you will need to click on to confirm you want to receive the newsletter.
23 May 2019
- Moscow, Russia
Exchange state-of-the-art knowledge in HSE and its applicability in the Russian environment.
17 - 19 Mar 2020
- Bogotá, Colombia
Call for papers open
17 Jun 2019
- Dallas, Texas
Get your training course place today
27 Jun 2019
- Midland, Texas, USA
Reserve your place today
1 Nov 2019
- Bali, Indonesia
Registration Coming Soon
HSE Now is a source for news and technical information affecting the health, safety, security, environment, and social responsibility discipline of the upstream oil and gas industry.
©2003-2019 Society of Petroleum Engineers, All Rights Reserved.