PHSMA announced Wednesday it issued a Notice of Probable Violation, Proposed Compliance Order and Proposed Civil Penalty to both Kinder Morgan and Sunoco Logistics Partners after separate inspections led to findings of probable violations of Federal pipeline safety regulations.
PHSMA issued a notice, order, and penalty of $131,000 to Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America after the administration inspected the company’s 4,312-mile KM Gas NGPL East System that runs from Texas to Illinois and found five probable violations of Federal pipeline safety regulations. Some violations include “failing to adhere to a procedural manual for operations and maintenance activities by omitting valve and component conditions from 553 valves records, and a failure to document that valves were partially operated during NGPL’s inspections of emergency valves,” according to PHMSA’s statement.
PHMSA also issued a notice, order, and penalty of $251, 800 to Sunoco Logistics Partners after the administration inspected the November 2015 accident at Sunoco’s Wortham, Texas facility that injured several workers. Two probable violations identified during inspection include “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 isolations of all energy sources prior to the start of work on the day the incident occurred,” according to the PHMSA statement.