Safety

Northwest Fined $100,000 By OPS for Violating Pressure Restrictions

The Williams Companies’ Northwest Pipeline was fined $100,000 last week by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) for exceeding pressure restrictions that were placed on a segment of its damaged 26-inch diameter pipeline in Washington in 2003.

October 11, 2004

Northwest Fined $100,000 By OPS for Violating Pressure Restrictions

The Williams Companies’ Northwest Pipeline was fined $100,000 this week by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) for exceeding pressure restrictions that were placed on a segment of its damaged 26-inch diameter pipeline in Washington in 2003.

October 6, 2004

TVA’s Financial Reins to be Tightened Under Bush Proposal

While praising its safety record and consistently high government ratings, President Bush wants tighter financial controls for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in place by Sept. 30 to reduce its burgeoning debt and improve its stature in the competitive electric marketplace.

February 10, 2003

Industry Briefs

Consolidated Edison (Con Edison), which was awarded a $439,999 pipeline safety research contract by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), will work together with Witten Technologies and Electromagnetic Instruments to develop a 3-D digital mapping system for identifying steel and plastic underground equipment, and detecting leaks. Commissioned by Con Edison, Boston-based Witten produced underground images of lower Manhattan in August 2001 and January 2002 through a ground-penetrating technique called radar tomography. A piece of equipment similar to satellite radar is placed on the back of a truck, which drives directly over the site taking 3-D pictures of utility infrastructure six feet below the surface. Con Edison’s research contract is one of seven awarded by DOT, totaling $1.6 million. Additional DOT awards for a second phase of the program are pending.

December 9, 2002

Con Edison to Use DOT Grant for 3-D Pipe Mapping Research

Consolidated Edison (Con Edison), which was awarded a $439,999 pipeline safety research contract by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), will work together with Witten Technologies and Electromagnetic Instruments to develop a 3-D digital mapping system for identifying steel and plastic underground equipment, and detecting leaks.

December 5, 2002

El Paso Proceeding with NM Pipe Integrity Testing

El Paso Natural Gas has received approval from the U.S. Departmentof Transportation’s Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) to conduct moreinternal inspections on its rebuilt New Mexico pipeline, whichruptured August 19 killing 11 people (see Daily GPI, Aug. 22). Since the explosion, flowsthrough the line, which runs from West Texas to California, have beenreduced to 85% capacity, or about 920 MMcf/d.

December 26, 2000

El Paso Proceeding with NM Pipe Integrity Testing

El Paso Natural Gas has received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) to conduct more internal inspections on its rebuilt New Mexico pipeline, which ruptured August 19 killing 11 people (see NGI, Special Report). Since the explosion, flows through the line, which runs from West Texas to California, have been reduced to 85% capacity, to a rate of about 920 MMcf/d.

December 25, 2000

NTSB: Gas Pipeline Deaths Up in 1999

Deaths related to pipeline ruptures and/or explosions rose byeight to 26 last year, said a new National Transportation SafetyBoard (NTSB) report, which noted that most of the fatalitiesoccurred on natural gas pipelines.

October 5, 2000

El Paso Submits Test Results to OPS

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Pipeline Safetyreported yesterday that El Paso Natural Gas has submitted theresults of its tests on the one line (Line 1110) that was the leastaffected by the Aug. 19 explosion and fire on El Paso’s South Mainsystem, as well as a plan for returning the line back to operation.

August 29, 2000

People

Stacey L. Gerard has been named associate administrator for theDepartment of Transportation’s Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS). Shepreviously was director of the Office of Policy, Regulations andTraining in the OPS.

August 2, 2000
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