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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-78-009
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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: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE MATERIALS TRANSPORTATION BUREAU OF THE U. S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: EXPEDITE THE PUBLISHING OF THE NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING ON REGULATIONS FOR THE SAFE TRANSPORTATION BY PIPELINES OF LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GASES (LPG). INCLUDE A COMPREHENSIVE SECTION ON THE COMMUNICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THE SAFE OPERATION OF LPG PIPELINES.
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: 6/3/1980
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: RSPA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: RSPA
Date: 6/3/1980
Response:

From: RSPA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/12/1978
Response: MTB LTR: MTB PUBLISHED A NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING ON AUGUST 10, 1978, WHICH INCORPORATED THE INTENT OF RECOMMENDATIONS P-78-9 AND P-78-10. 7/16/79 - FEDERAL REGISTER, FINAL RULE, NPRM PUBLISHED AUGUST 10, 1978: THE NPRM WAS PUBLISHED WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF THE RECOMMENDA TION. THE PROPOSED RULES INCLUDE SECTION 195.408 "COMMUNICATIONS", WHICH IS COMPREHENSIVE IN NATURE.