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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-78-003
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Synopsis: ON JULY 20, 1977, A 12-INCH PROPANE PIPELINE, OWNED BY THE CONSOLIDATED GAS SUPPLY CORPORATION, RUPTURED NEAR THE TOWN OF RUFF CREEK, PENNSYLVANIA. THE LIQUID ESCAPED FROM THE PIPELINE, VAPORIZED, AND PROPANE VAPORS SETTLED LIKE A FOG OVER THE BOTTOM OF A VALLEY. TWO MEN IN A PICKUP TRUCK ENTERED THE PROPANE CLOUD; THE TRUCK STALLED AND THE PROPANE GAS IGNITED WHEN AN ATTEMPT WAS MADE TO RESTART THE TRUCK. THE 2 PERSONS IN THE TRUCK WERE KILLED.
Recommendation: ESTABLISH WRITTEN PROCEDURES TO INSURE THE SAFE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THIS PIPELINE SYSTEM UNDER NORMAL AND EMERGENCY CONDITIONS AS REQUIRED BY FEDERAL REGULATIONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Ruff Creek, PA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA77MP027
Accident Reports:
Consolidated Gas Supply Corporation, Propane Pipeline Rupture and Fire
Report #: PAR-78-01
Accident Date: 7/20/1977
Issue Date: 2/8/1978
Date Closed: 4/30/1979
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Consolidated Gas Transmission Corporation (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Consolidated Gas Transmission Corporation
Date: 4/30/1979
Response:

From: Consolidated Gas Transmission Corporation
To: NTSB
Date: 7/17/1978
Response: CONSOLIDATED GAS SUPPLY CORP. LTR: A DRAFT FORM OF WRITTEN PROCEDURES FOR THE SAFE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF LPG PIPELINES AND RELATED FACILITIES IS BEING REVIEWED BY CONSOLIDATED MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL. THE PROCEDURES WILL BE ISSUED TO OPERATING PERSONNEL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. 1/23/79 - CONSOLIDATED GAS SUPPLY CORP. LTR: WRITTEN OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES A DRAFT OF THIS PROCEDURE HAS BEEN PREPARED AND IS CURRENTLY BEING REVIEWED BY OUR LEGAL STAFF. WE HOPE TO HAVE IT ISSUED AT AN EARLY DATE. 3/30/79 - CONSOLIDATED GAS SUPPLY CORP. REPLY TO NTSB 3/14/79 LTR: A COPY OF WRITTEN PROCEDURES FOR THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF LPG FACILITIES IS FORWARDED WITH THIS LETTER.