In response to NTSB Safety Recommendation P-11-9 issued as a result of the Agency’s San Bruno investigation, PHMSA published an Advisory Bulletin reminding operators of their responsibility to notify local first responders (identified as Public Safety Access Point or PSAP) when there are indications of a pipeline facility emergency. Consistent with the requirements under 49
PHMSA issues Advisory Bulletin regarding post-accident drug and alcohol testing
PHMSA issued an advisory that clarifies the need to perform post accident drug and alcohol testing, within the mandated timelines of the regulations, of each covered employee whose performance either contributed to an accident/ incident or cannot be completely discounted as a contributing factor to an accident/ incident. The advisory was issued in response to…
City of San Francisco sues PHMSA
The City of San Francisco filed suit against PHMSA for allegedly failing to enforce gas pipeline safety standards before and after the San Bruno incident. Notably the lawsuit does not name the California Public Utilities Commission, the California agency certified by PHMSA to regulate intrastate natural gas pipelines. Click here for the Complaint.
NTSB reports on findings and recommendations regarding San Bruno Incident
The NTSB held a hearing and issued a synopsis of its investigation into the San Bruno rupture that occurred on September 9, 2010, including 28 findings and 29 new recommendations directed to DOT, PHMSA, CPUC, and PGE. The NTSB is currently making final revisions to its report. Click here to view the synopsis and summary…