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By Ayesha Rascoe
WASHINGTON, 6 August (Reuters) – Enbridge Inc Busted pipeline that leaked about 1,200 barrels of rough in a rural Wisconsin field 10 days seemed no big deal .
The scene was included in hours, the line repaired within days. The leak was miles of running water or endangered species. The close was low impact to the evacuation of two homes and “veterinary care” for a few horses and cattle.
And as far as many traders and experts point out that Canada’s Enbridge may not be able to offer its 318 000-barrel-per-day Dash 14 weeks for new start – or even months – as a once obscure U.S. regulator gets more comfortably next to its recently increased flexion muscles
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is in the glare after two major accidents in 2010 -. BP Plc Macondo disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and other Enbridge leak of 20,000 barrels in Michigan Kalamazoo River within one of the largest onshore spills.
“Accidents with lines a high level of awareness right now,” said Andy Black, chief of the association of lipid pipeline trade group.
The U.S. Transportation Branch, which oversees the PHMSA began a new pipeline safety costs in 2011 and asked the operator to replace aging infrastructure, and won the support of Congress for more resources and enforcement powers.
Supported on interviews with industry experts and a Reuters review of the Agency, the recent track record, the changes are noticeable, and the message is clear: Unless pipelines will be recovered on a quick resumption of oil flows to erzählen.Das statement may be doubly true for all of Enbridge, which has suffered a string of events – a pipeline on the same years earlier
Last Tuesday, the agency announced a corrective action to Enbridge, a tough but not unusual. Response to a spill. Since 2007, the 23 PHMSA has issued such orders.
, but the agency went a step further on Thursday. She called for an exhaustive conditional plan that she and an independent observer significant contribution for the entire 1900-mile Lakehead pipeline system, not just line 14 These were among the harshest conditions for any order, since the two of BP’s oil spill in Alaska in 2006
. “This will tell PHMSA:” We mean business, ‘”said industry consultant Don Deaver, a former Exxon Pipeline Engineer. It could take weeks to set the independent auditors and begin a review of the policy, other inert gas.
The Wisconsin splatter was the latest black eye for Enbridge pipeline network, the main conduit for Canadian crude oil exports and Ane of the largest in the world. The company says it had a 99.999-percent success rate in the provision of 12 billion barrels in the past decade and is investing $ 800 million this year as it strives for an idealized record.
But U.S. transportation head Ray LaHood blasted Enbridge show last week, demanding the company, why should it be able to maintain the operation of the pipeline without a complete overhaul or replacement of gravity [ V30] The break in the line 14 to the left a 4-foot by 6 – Inch gash, after the first report. The motive of the pipeline failure has not been determined.
Enbridge said on Friday that it was conditional plans for both line 14 and subjected to the Lakehead system and waits for the message. Neither the Company nor the PHMSA offered if you include a timetable for the programs again.
The PHMSA is going head over heels when it is certain that the comment is not a danger to the motility of community safety, said spokeswoman Jeannie Layson.
Sounding in the incident on its own merits, some tiny seat base for the maintenance and support.
“I would be really angry if this is not up and running fairly quickly euphemism when it is not something structurally impure understanding,” the aforementioned Sarah Emerson, president of consulting firm Energy Security Analysis Inc. in Boston.
oil traders are unsure of.
helped trigger the disorder a text driven increases in wholesale gasoline City award as a local refineries by BP and Exxon Mobil Corp. facade scarce. It also threatens to push crude oil prices in Canada as a lack of alternative pipelines leaving few opportunities for producers to export
“I’m anticipating stretched associate stalemate – Week not days.” Said one trader of crude oil [.V46]
It issue is about the corrective measures to bring a list of demands to the PHMSA, if it is that a pipeline “is dangerous to life or property or the environment are determined.” [ V50]
The Agency determines how and when an invitation to use the age of the pipe base to which the goods are transported, operating pressure, the environment and other factors “deemed important” by the PHMSA Associate administrator.
According to a Reuters review as orders in the past five years, followed by most major pipeline leaks or spills in sensitive areas.
The funds tend to follow a clear pattern.
The orders typically require PHMSA permission for a company to assume operations of the pipeline in Frage.In rule also includes a number of additional measures: moving the pipeline at belittled force, the implementation of mechanical or metallurgical testing within a month, and additional tests within several months, and reporting to the supervisory authorities frequently
Richard Kuprewicz, Commander.of pipeline consulting firm Accufacts Inc, Enbridge said the story was a major reason why a relatively small spill is always so closely.
In addition to the 2010 spill, the Enbridge line 14, a leak of 1,500 barrels in the river out back in 2007 – an event that was out of order a corrective to the result. In November of the same yr started another line of fire in northern Minnesota, Enbridge killed two workers.
“There are other problems arise that indicate the integrity management system is incomplete, seriously,” said Kuprewicz.
HARD TO PLEASE
It also appears to be increasingly difficult for companies that PHMSA, whose record rampant enforcement mechanism to meet the operational blocks a vein. The agency rarely has a company over $ 1 million fine, which was issued $ 3.7 million cost to Enbridge a month ago for the 2010 spill, the largest ever.
issued from five corrective action orders to oil companies between 2007 and early 2010 resulted in none of the closure of a pipeline for more than a week, according to the agency’s own data.The long outage – 5 days – on line 2 of Enbridge has entered the Lakehead system, the 2237 barrels of crude oil in Neche, North Sioux buried in January 2008, the data
showed But failures of human tend to be much longer . take since the mid-Michigan spill of 2010 increased public fear of oil pipelines. Of the 14 incidents that resulted in corrective action orders for this leak, at least eight pipeline shutdowns has 25 days or more out.
For example, Exxon Mobil Silvertip line has received a corrective order after a spill in Yellowstone County, Montana, in the last year and has been closed for 85 days. Another Exxon pipeline in Louisiana is closed after a leak about 28 April, the company has an application to modify aspects of the order
“The fines are small – a drop in the bucket compared to the revenue . that generate pipeline companies, “said Deaver, the former Exxon engineer.Have
But Deaver said the minister LaHood tough affidavit require Enbridge to show why it should be made of metal, the possibility still in need of major changes in its pipeline, “indicates they are becoming more serious.” (Editing by Lisa Ahn past)