PHMSA Orders Spectra Energy to Conduct Additional Pipeline Tests After Salem Township Explosion

April 29, 2016 Natural Gas Explosion in Salem Township, Pennsylvania -- photo from ABC News

April 29, 2016 Natural Gas Explosion in Salem Township, Pennsylvania -- photo from ABC News

PHMSA released on Tuesday an Amended Corrective Action Order to Spectra Energy’s subsidiary Texas Eastern Transmission requesting additional corrective actions regarding the pipeline section that failed on April 29, 2016 in Salem Township, Pennsylvania.

The federal agency is ordering the natural gas pipeline company to conduct additional assessments on three lines, including one that has corrosion similar to a fourth line that blew up in April. PHMSA stated that the other lines in Salem Township “potentially have been damaged or adversely affected” by the April explosion. The new assessments could potentially lead to pipeline upgrades.

Spectra Spokesman Creighton Welch said that the PHMSA order is “well-aligned” with Spectra’s plans to improve its Penn-Jersey pipeline system and that many items recommended in the order are already completed or in progress.

The pipeline that failed in April of this year is a 30-inch diameter line that transports natural gas from the Delmont Compressor Station in Salem Township, Pennsylvania, to the Lambertville Station.

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PHMSA Amended Corrective Action Order
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