Congress, DOT/OPS, industry moving toward common goals. J.C. Caldwell. Pipeline Gas Ind., February 1996, 79(2), 27--30.

Pipeline incidents and casualties over the period 1989 to 1993 are summarized for gas distribution, gas transportation/gathering, and hazardous liquid transportation lines. Incident reports for 1994 exceed the previous five-year average. OPS (Office of Pipeline Safety) activities are reviewed and implementation of a risk assessment prioritization programme is tabulated. The DOT/OPS budget for 1996 is almost $29 million. A risk management programme for natural gas pipelines includes identification of risks by in-line inspection of unpiggable lines, assessments of valve technology, magnetic flux leakage inspection, reports on stress corrosion cracking, and third-party damage prevention systems. OPS/industry partnerships are reviewed.

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