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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation P-78-014
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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: CONDUCT RESEARCH TO DEVELOP SOME FORM OF DETECTOR, EITHER AS AN ODORANT OR IRRITANT, OF THE PRESENCE OF LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS. THE DETECTOR SHOULD BE ONE THAT WILL NOT CONTAMINATE THE PRODUCT OR MAKE IT UNSUITABLE FOR USE WITH PROCESSING CATALYSTS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate 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: 4/7/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Petroleum Institute (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: American Petroleum Institute
Date: 4/7/1983
Response:

From: American Petroleum Institute
To: NTSB
Date: 12/15/1982
Response: AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE LETTER: MUCH RESEARCH HAS BEEN CONDUCTED ON THE SUBJECT OF RECOMMENDATION P-78-14, LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS DETECTORS. A RECENT EXAMPLE IS "A NEW LOOK AT ODORIZATION LEVELS FOR PROPANE GAS," BY BARTLESVILLE ENERGY RESEARCH CENTER, FOR THE ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION, 1977, (NTIS BERC/RI - 77/1).

From: NTSB
To: American Petroleum Institute
Date: 10/8/1982
Response: