"In its 20-page report on the Walnut Creek explosion, the department said the main contributing factor was that the pipeline was not properly marked: “The primary cause of the incident was that the location of the petroleum line was not known to employees working in the area.”
In the end, Kinder Morgan was cited for two counts of “serious willful” and fined a total of $140,000."
"The crew that broke the line, which is operated by Kinder Morgan Canada, said it was improperly marked.
It's up to the company to mark the location of the oil pipeline before a construction crew starts working, Corrigan said."
Excavation using power-operated equipment is not permitted within three metres
(10-feet) of the pipe unless:
(i) the pipe has been exposed by hand at the point of crossing or,
(a) where the excavation runs parallel to the pipe, the pipe has been exposed
at sufficient intervals to confirm its location or,
(b) the pipeline company has informed the excavator that it has confirmed
the location of the pipe by probing.
Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan blamed Kinder Morgan, the oil pipeline company, for yesterday's oil spill. Corrigan said the contractor "did everything they were supposed to do and apparently they were provided with the wrong information. They followed all the protocols and procedures. It was unfortunately a case of not getting the right information about where the line was located."
Witness Shawn Soucy said that when workers struck the pipe they said it was not where they were told it was.
An investigation is under way.
The company initially believed 10,000 gallons of fuel had leaked into the soil from the July 30, 2003 rupture of its pipeline carrying fuel from Tucson to Phoenix. However, as of last month, 52,000 gallons of fuel have been recovered.
"The fact that we couldn't get a straight answer from Kinder Morgan about the volume of fuel involved in this release, was simply unacceptable," said Steve Owens, ADEQ director. "The magnitude of this penalty reflects the serious nature of the violations involved."
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