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PHMSA Initiates Pipeline Incident Notification Time Limit Advisory

  
  
  

On January 3, 2012, the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 (Pub. L. 112-90) was signed into law. Section 9 of the Act obligates the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Administration (PHMSA) to implement time limit requirements for telephonic or electronic reporting of pipeline accidents and incidents to the Secretary and the National Response Center (NRC). Currently, PHMSA requires pipeline owners and operators to notify the NRC by telephone or electronically at the earliest practicable moment following discovery (§§ 191.5 and 195.52).

On January 30, 2013, an advisory bulletin was published by the Department of Transportation to advise owners and operators of gas and hazardous liquids pipeline systems and LNG facilities that the NRC should be notified within one hour of discovery of a pipeline incident. Owners, operators, or facilities are now also required to file additional telephonic reports if there are significant changes in the number of fatalities or injuries, product release estimates or the extent of damages.

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The advisory reads as follows:

Owners and operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines and LNG facilities are reminded that the pipeline safety regulations already require operators to make a telephonic report of an incident to the NRC in Washington, DC at the earliest practicable opportunity (usually one-to-two hours after discovering the incident). However, under Section 9(b)(1) of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011, PHMSA is required to issue regulations requiring owners and operators to notify the NRC within one hour of discovery of a pipeline accident or incident. The 2011 Act requires PHMSA to establish a time limit for telephonic or electronic notification of an accident or incident to require such notification at the earliest practicable moment following confirmed discovery of an accident or incident that is not later than one hour following the time of such confirmed discovery. PHMSA will issue a proposed rule at a later date, but encourages owners and operators of the gas and hazardous liquids pipeline systems and LNG facilities, as a practice, to report such accidents and incidents within one hour of confirmed discovery.

According to the advisory, the following information is required during NRC notification:

  • Name of the operator
  • Name and telephone number of the person making the report
  • Location of the incident
  • Number of fatalities and injuries
  • All other significant facts relevant to the cause of the incident or extent of the damages.

“PHMSA will issue a proposed rule at a later date, but encourages owners and operators of the gas and hazardous liquids pipeline systems and LNG facilities, as a practice, to report such accidents and incidents within one hour of confirmed discovery.” The final ruling will require the following minimum requirements:

  1. Establish time limits for telephonic or electronic notification of an accident or incident to require such notification at the earliest practicable moment following confirmed discovery of an accident or incident and not later than 1 hour following the time of such confirmed discovery.
  2. Review procedures for owners and operators of pipeline facilities and the National Response Center to provide thorough and coordinated notification to all relevant State and local emergency response officials, including 911 emergency call centers, for the jurisdictions in which those pipeline facilities are located in the event of an accident or incident, and revise such procedures as appropriate.
  3. Require such owners and operators to revise their initial telephonic or electronic notice to the Secretary and the National Response Center with an estimate of the amount of the product released, an estimate of the number of fatalities and injuries, if any, and any other information determined appropriate by the Secretary within 48 hours of the accident or incident, to the extent practicable.

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