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PHMSA Advisory Bulletin ADB-11-04 Damage to Pipeline Facilities Caused by Flooding

[Docket No. PHMSA-2011-0177]

The Department of Transportation/Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued Advisory Bulletin ADB-11-04 to all owners and operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines regarding the potential for damage to pipeline facilities caused by severe flooding. This advisory includes actions that operators should consider taking to ensure the integrity of pipelines in case of flooding. A synopsis of these actions include:

  1. Evaluate the accessibility of pipeline facilities that may be in jeopardy
  2. Extend regulator vents and relief stacks above the level of anticipated flooding
  3. Coordinate with emergency and spill responders on pipeline location and condition
  4. Coordinate with other pipeline operators in the flood area
  5. Deploy personnel in positions to take emergency actions
  6. Determine if facilities have become submerged and in danger of being struck by vessels or debris
  7. Frequent patrols
  8. Perform surveys to determine the depth of cover over pipelines and condition of exposed pipe
  9. Ensure line markers are still in place

For a copy of ADB-11-04 contact Jessica Roger.