Pipeline Safety Advisory: Potential for Damage to Pipeline Facilities Caused by the Passage of Hurricane Katrina, 53272-53273 [05-17652]

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[FR Doc. 05–17722 Filed 9–6–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–M DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Pipeline Safety Advisory: Potential for Damage to Pipeline Facilities Caused by the Passage of Hurricane Katrina Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice; issuance of advisory bulletin. AGENCY: SUMMARY: PHMSA is issuing this advisory bulletin to owners and operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines to communicate the potential for damage to pipeline facilities caused by the passage of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. ADDRESSES: This document can be viewed on the Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) home page at: https://ops.dot.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joy Kadnar, (202) 366–0568, or by e-mail at Joy.Kadnar@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The purpose of this advisory bulletin is to warn all operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico and adjacent state waters that pipeline safety problems may have been caused by the passage of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. PHMSA VerDate Aug<18>2005 15:05 Sep 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 received numerous reports of damage to pipeline facilities in the offshore and inland areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. Department of the Interior reported on August 29, 2005 that 615 of the 819 oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico had been evacuated and that crude oil production had dropped by nearly 92 percent, or 1.4 million barrels a day, and natural gas production was down 83 percent. The first aerial inspections of crude oil and natural gas platforms have reported extensive damage and numerous oil and gas pipeline leaks. There is also a report of a production platform missing. Several on shore pipeline companies have reported facilities (pumping stations, compression stations, and terminals) to be underwater water and leaking. The Federal pipeline safety regulations at 49 CFR parts 192 and 195 require operators to shut down and start up pipeline facilities in a safe manner and to conduct periodic pipeline patrols to detect unusual operating and maintenance conditions and to take corrective action if conditions are unsafe. Because this patrolling is generally by aircraft, pipelines exposed or damaged on the sea floor may not be visually detected. It is likely that some pipeline facilities and pipelines located in the area of Hurricane Katrina’s impact are damaged or exposed. The gas and hazardous liquid pipeline safety regulations require that operators mitigate the safety condition if a pipeline facility is damaged or if a pipeline is exposed on the sea floor or PO 00000 Frm 00125 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 constitutes a hazard to navigation. The regulations require that damaged pipeline facilities or exposed pipelines must be repaired, replaced, or reburied to eliminate the hazard, and pipelines that are a hazard to navigation must be promptly reported to the National Response Center (NRC) at 1–800–424– 8802. II. Advisory Bulletin (ADB–05–08) To: Owners and operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipeline systems. Subject: Potential for damage to pipeline facilities caused by the passage of Hurricane Katrina. Advisory: All operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico and adjacent state waters are warned that pipeline safety problems may have been caused by the passage of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. PHMSA received numerous reports of damage to pipeline facilities, particularly offshore Louisiana. Pipeline operators are urged to take the following actions to ensure personal and environmental safety and the integrity of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines located in areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina: 1. Identify persons who normally engage in shallow water commercial fishing, shrimping, and other marine vessel operations and caution them that underwater offshore pipelines may have become unprotected on the sea floor. Marine vessels operating in water depths comparable to a vessel’s draft or when operating bottom dragging equipment can be damaged and their E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 172 / Wednesday, September 7, 2005 / Notices crews endangered by an encounter with a underwater pipeline. 2. Identify and caution marine vessel operators in offshore shipping lanes and other offshore areas where Hurricane Katrina may have affected a pipeline that deploying fishing nets or anchors, and dredging operations may damage the pipeline, their vessels, and endanger their crews. 3. In the process of bringing offshore and inland transmission facilities back online, check for structural damage to piping, valves, emergency shutdown systems, risers and supporting systems. Aerial inspections of pipeline routes should be conducted to check for leaks in the transmission systems. In areas where floating and jack-up rigs have moved and their path could have been over the pipelines, review possible routes and check for sub-sea pipeline damage where required. 4. Identify and correct any conditions on the pipeline as required by the Federal pipeline safety regulations. PHMSA would appreciate receiving information about all damage to pipeline facilities in the Gulf of Mexico and adjacent State waters caused by Hurricane Katrina. The Federal pipeline safety regulations require that operators report certain incidents and accidents to PHMSA by specific methods. Damage not reported by these methods may be reported to Joy Kadnar at (202) 366– 0568 or joy.kadnar@dot.gov. (49 U.S.C. Chapter 601; 49 CFR 1.53). Issued in Washington, DC on August 31, 2005. Joy Kadnar, Director of Engineering and Engineering Support. [FR Doc. 05–17652 Filed 9–6–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P facilities caused by the passage of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. ADDRESSES: This document can be viewed on the Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) Home page at: https://ops.dot.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joy Kadnar, (202) 366–0568, or by e-mail at Joy.Kadnar@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The purpose of this advisory bulletin is to warn all operators of natural gas distribution pipeline facilities that safety problems may have been caused by the passage of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. Past instances of flooding have resulted in significant pipeline system damage including exposed pipes, failure of pipelines crossing rivers and streams, damage to meter sets, pipeline leaks from soil movement, and water leaking into pipeline systems. Due to the storm surge and extensive flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina, extensive damage to facilities may be expected. The Federal pipeline safety regulations (49 CFR part 192) require operators to shut down and start up pipeline facilities in a safe manner and to conduct periodic pipeline patrols to detect unusual operating and maintenance conditions and to take corrective action if conditions are unsafe. Gas pipeline safety regulations require that operators mitigate the safety condition if a pipeline facility is damaged. The regulations require damaged pipeline facilities be repaired or replaced as necessary to eliminate the hazard, and that damage resulting in a death or injury or exceeding $50,000 must be promptly reported to the National Response Center (NRC) at 1– 800–424–8802. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION II. Advisory Bulletin (ADB–05–07) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration To: Owners and operators of natural gas distribution pipeline facilities. Subject: Potential for damage to natural gas distribution pipeline facilities caused by the passage of Hurricane Katrina. Advisory: All operators of natural gas distribution pipeline facilities in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida are warned that pipeline safety problems may have been caused by the passage of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. Likely problems include but are not limited to damage of above ground equipment due to flooding and flying debris, damage to buried pipelines from soil movement, and water leaking into low pressure pipelines. Pipeline Safety Advisory: Potential for Damage to Natural Gas Distribution Pipeline Facilities Caused by the Passage of Hurricane Katrina Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice; issuance of advisory bulletin. AGENCY: SUMMARY: PHMSA is issuing this advisory bulletin to owners and operators of natural gas distribution pipeline facilities to communicate the potential for damage to pipeline VerDate Aug<18>2005 15:05 Sep 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00126 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53273 Pipeline operators are urged to take the following actions to ensure personal and environmental safety and the integrity of natural gas distribution pipeline facilities located in areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina: 1. Conduct additional leak surveys and inspection of above ground equipment as necessary to detect any damage which may have occurred. 2. For distribution systems or portions of systems that have been shut down, check for damage to piping, valves, emergency shutdown systems, risers and meter sets prior to restoring system operation and relighting customers. 3. Check for water that may have leaked into low pressure systems. 4. Identify and correct any conditions on the pipeline as required by the Federal pipeline safety regulations. (49 U.S.C. Chapter 601; 49 CFR 1.53). Issued in Washington, DC on August 31, 2005. Joy Kadnar, Director of Engineering and Engineering Support. [FR Doc. 05–17653 Filed 9–6–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Finance Docket No. 34742] Murray-Calloway Economic Development Corporation— Acquisition Exemption—Hardin Southern Railroad, Inc. Murray-Calloway Economic Development Corporation (EDC), a noncarrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 to acquire by purchase from Hardin Southern Railroad, Inc., a rail line between milepost 38.34, near Murray, in Calloway County, KY, and milepost 30, near Hardin, in Marshall County, KY, a total distance of 8.34 miles.1 EDC states that it does not intend to operate the line or to hold itself out to provide common carrier service.2 1 This transaction is related to STB Finance Docket No. 34741, KWT Railway, Inc.—Lease and Operate—Murray-Calloway Economic Development Corporation, wherein KWT Railway, Inc. (KWT), has filed a notice of exemption to lease and operate the portion of rail line between milepost 38.34 and approximately milepost 37.34. 2 EDC states that, ‘‘* * * [t]o the extent that the line is considered a ‘‘line of railroad’’ the EDC intends to embargo or discontinue service over the rest of the line.’’ Because EDC is acquiring the 8.34mile line pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10901, the entire line is a line of railroad, and EDC is acquiring a common carrier obligation to either provide service over all of it or assure that service is provided by another carrier. Should EDC seek to terminate that E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM Continued 07SEN1

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[FR Doc No: 05-17652]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration


Pipeline Safety Advisory: Potential for Damage to Pipeline 
Facilities Caused by the Passage of Hurricane Katrina

AGENCY: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), 
DOT.

ACTION: Notice; issuance of advisory bulletin.

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SUMMARY: PHMSA is issuing this advisory bulletin to owners and 
operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines to communicate the 
potential for damage to pipeline facilities caused by the passage of 
Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005.

ADDRESSES: This document can be viewed on the Office of Pipeline Safety 
(OPS) home page at: https://ops.dot.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joy Kadnar, (202) 366-0568, or by e-
mail at Joy.Kadnar@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The purpose of this advisory bulletin is to warn all operators of 
gas and hazardous liquid pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico and adjacent 
state waters that pipeline safety problems may have been caused by the 
passage of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. PHMSA received 
numerous reports of damage to pipeline facilities in the offshore and 
inland areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida 
Panhandle.
    Department of the Interior reported on August 29, 2005 that 615 of 
the 819 oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico had been evacuated and that 
crude oil production had dropped by nearly 92 percent, or 1.4 million 
barrels a day, and natural gas production was down 83 percent.
    The first aerial inspections of crude oil and natural gas platforms 
have reported extensive damage and numerous oil and gas pipeline leaks. 
There is also a report of a production platform missing. Several on 
shore pipeline companies have reported facilities (pumping stations, 
compression stations, and terminals) to be underwater water and 
leaking.
    The Federal pipeline safety regulations at 49 CFR parts 192 and 195 
require operators to shut down and start up pipeline facilities in a 
safe manner and to conduct periodic pipeline patrols to detect unusual 
operating and maintenance conditions and to take corrective action if 
conditions are unsafe. Because this patrolling is generally by 
aircraft, pipelines exposed or damaged on the sea floor may not be 
visually detected. It is likely that some pipeline facilities and 
pipelines located in the area of Hurricane Katrina's impact are damaged 
or exposed.
    The gas and hazardous liquid pipeline safety regulations require 
that operators mitigate the safety condition if a pipeline facility is 
damaged or if a pipeline is exposed on the sea floor or constitutes a 
hazard to navigation. The regulations require that damaged pipeline 
facilities or exposed pipelines must be repaired, replaced, or reburied 
to eliminate the hazard, and pipelines that are a hazard to navigation 
must be promptly reported to the National Response Center (NRC) at 1-
800-424-8802.

II. Advisory Bulletin (ADB-05-08)

    To: Owners and operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipeline 
systems.
    Subject: Potential for damage to pipeline facilities caused by the 
passage of Hurricane Katrina.
    Advisory: All operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines in 
the Gulf of Mexico and adjacent state waters are warned that pipeline 
safety problems may have been caused by the passage of Hurricane 
Katrina on August 29, 2005. PHMSA received numerous reports of damage 
to pipeline facilities, particularly offshore Louisiana.
    Pipeline operators are urged to take the following actions to 
ensure personal and environmental safety and the integrity of gas and 
hazardous liquid pipelines located in areas impacted by Hurricane 
Katrina:
    1. Identify persons who normally engage in shallow water commercial 
fishing, shrimping, and other marine vessel operations and caution them 
that underwater offshore pipelines may have become unprotected on the 
sea floor. Marine vessels operating in water depths comparable to a 
vessel's draft or when operating bottom dragging equipment can be 
damaged and their

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crews endangered by an encounter with a underwater pipeline.
    2. Identify and caution marine vessel operators in offshore 
shipping lanes and other offshore areas where Hurricane Katrina may 
have affected a pipeline that deploying fishing nets or anchors, and 
dredging operations may damage the pipeline, their vessels, and 
endanger their crews.
    3. In the process of bringing offshore and inland transmission 
facilities back online, check for structural damage to piping, valves, 
emergency shutdown systems, risers and supporting systems. Aerial 
inspections of pipeline routes should be conducted to check for leaks 
in the transmission systems. In areas where floating and jack-up rigs 
have moved and their path could have been over the pipelines, review 
possible routes and check for sub-sea pipeline damage where required.
    4. Identify and correct any conditions on the pipeline as required 
by the Federal pipeline safety regulations.
    PHMSA would appreciate receiving information about all damage to 
pipeline facilities in the Gulf of Mexico and adjacent State waters 
caused by Hurricane Katrina. The Federal pipeline safety regulations 
require that operators report certain incidents and accidents to PHMSA 
by specific methods. Damage not reported by these methods may be 
reported to Joy Kadnar at (202) 366-0568 or joy.kadnar@dot.gov.

(49 U.S.C. Chapter 601; 49 CFR 1.53).

    Issued in Washington, DC on August 31, 2005.
Joy Kadnar,
Director of Engineering and Engineering Support.
[FR Doc. 05-17652 Filed 9-6-05; 8:45 am]
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