PHMSA Proposes $183,800 in Civil Penalties to Kinder Morgan for Pipeline Safety Violations

PHMSA on Friday proposed $183,800 in civil penalties and issued a Notice of Probable Violation and a Proposed Compliance Order to Kinder Morgan-Wink Pipeline for possible Federal pipeline safety violations that were found during an integrated inspection of the Wink pipeline system in Texas.

The alleged violations found during the inspection include the operator’s failure to meet record-keeping requirements and to ensure the integrity of above-ground breakout tanks, the failure to inspect and maintain cathodic protection systems used to control corrosion, and the failure to correctly determine maximum operating pressure for multiple pipeline systems, according to the PHMSA notice. 

An integrated inspection is prioritized based on system-specific risk information to focus on programs, geographic areas, and threats that pose higher risks.

The Wink pipeline is a 450-mile pipeline that transports crude oil from Scurry County, Texas to El Paso, Texas.