PHMSA Failure Investigation Results in $251,800 Proposed Civil Penalty for Sunoco Pipeline

U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, November 3, 2016

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today issued a Notice of Probable Violation, Proposed Compliance Order and Proposed Civil Penalty of $251,800 to Sunoco Logistics Partners, L.P. after concluding its investigation of a November 2015 accident at the Sunoco-owned West Texas Gulf Pipeline Company's Wortham, Texas, facility that injured several workers. The NOPV identifies two probable violations of Federal pipeline safety regulations, including failing to have a formal written procedure for the operation and maintenance of the 10-inch flow control valve involved in the accident, and failing to follow a written plan to ensure isolation of all energy sources prior to the start of work on the day the incident occurred. 

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