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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-78-010
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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: INCLUDE IN PROPOSED REGULATIONS A SECTION SIMILAR TO THE EMERGENCY PLAN SECTION OF THE NATURAL GAS CODE (49 CFR 192.615) THAT WILL REQUIRE OPERATORS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO PERSONS WHO LIVE OR WORK WITHIN 220 YARDS OF A PROPANE PIPELINE, AND UP TO 1 MILE IF LOCATED DOWNHILL OF A LPG PIPELINE, ABOUT THE PARTICULAR HAZARDS OF LPG AND HOW TO CONTACT EMERGENCY RESPONSE PERSONNEL.
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 RECOMMENDATIONSS P-78-9 AND P-78-10. 7/16/79 - FEDERAL REGISTER, FINAL RULE, NPRM PUBLISHED AUGUST 10, 1978: THE NPRM OF AUGUST 10, 1978 INCLUDED THE WORDING RECOMMENDED IN P-78-10. THE REQUIREMENT IS NOT UNDER THE "EMERGENCIES" SECTION BUT IN A SEPARATE SECTION 195.440, "PUBLIC EDUCATION."