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Safety Recommendation P-96-009
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Synopsis: ABOUT 6:45 P.M. ON 6/9/94, A 2-INCH-DIAMETER STEEL GAS SERVICE LINE THAT HAD BEEN EXPOSED DURING EXCAVATION SEPARATED AT A COMPRESSION COUPLING ABOUT 5 FEET FROM THE NORTH WALL OF JOHN T. GROSS TOWERS, AN EIGHT-STORY RETIREMENT HOME OPERATED BY THE ALLENTOWN HOUSING AUTHORITY AT ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA. THE FAILED UGI UTILITIES, INC,. (UGI) SERVICE LINE RELEASED NATAURAL GAS AT 55 PSIG PRESSURE, & THE ESCAPING GAS FLOWED UNDERGROUND TO GROSS TOWERS. THE GAS PASSED THROUGH OPENINGS IN THE BUILDING FOUNDATION, ENTERED THE MECHANICAL ROOM THROUGH FLOOR VENTS, & MIGRATED TO OTHER BUILDING FLOORS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA: DESIGNATE A SINGLE STATE AGENCY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE STATE'S EXCAVATION-DAMAGE PREVENTION PROGRAM; GIVE THE AGENCY THE POWER TO LEVY ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Pipeline
Location: Allentown, PA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA94MP003
Accident Reports:
UGI Utilities, Inc., Natural Gas Distribution Pipeline Explosion and Fire
Report #: PAR-96-01
Accident Date: 6/9/1994
Issue Date: 3/6/1996
Date Closed: 1/12/2001
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Date: 1/12/2001
Response: BECAUSE THE PENNSYLVANIA BUREAU OF PENNSAFE OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY ENFORCES THE UNDERGROUND UTILITY LINE PROTECTION ACT AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE STATE'S EXCAVATION DAMAGE PREVENTION PROGRAM TO LEVY ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES, P-96-9 IS CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
To: NTSB
Date: 8/15/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 09/05/2000 8:01:54 AM MC# 2001113 THE UNDERGROUND UTILITY LINE PROTECTION ACT PROVIDES THAT THE DEPT. OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY (L&I), IN CONSULTATION WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MAY ALSO ENFORCE THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT IN ANY COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION. CURRENTLY THE BUREAU OF PENNSAFE OF L&I ENFORCES THE ACT. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE GAS SAFETY DIVISION OF THE PENNSYLVANIA PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION WORKS CLOSELY WITH THE BUREAU OF PENNSAFE AND SINCE 1997 HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN SECURING FEDERAL DAMAGE PREVENTION GRANT FUNDS FOR THEIR ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM.

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Date: 6/27/2000
Response: TO DATE THERE HAS BEEN NO RESPONSE TO P-96-8, -9 AND -10. THE SAFETY BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE LEARNING WHAT ACTION YOUR STATE HAS TAKEN TO IMPLEMENT THESE RECOMMENDATIONS.

From: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
To: NTSB
Date: 5/2/1996
Response: