So “the pipe will be monitored 24/7”? That’s not Spectra’s actual practice, according to an employee and according to a federal fine.
By fjgallagher for Natural Gas Watch 19 June 2013, Spectra Energy Employee: We Never Bothered to Check Natural Gas Pipeline for Corrosion,
A Spectra Energy employee acknowledged to federal inspectors that the company never conducted key tests for corrosion on a natural gas pipeline that was already operating at excess capacity, according to documents recently obtained by NaturalGasWatch.org.
There’s much more in the article, including this:
Additionally, according to another May 2, 2013 letter sent under separate cover from (PHMSA) to Holeman, Spectra failed to install equipment to monitor whether or not the natural gas pipeline in question was being affected by corrosion and could not produce any records indicating that the pipeline had, in fact, ever been tested for corrosion or that the pipeline was even structurally sound.
So that’s what “the pipe will be monitored 24/7” means. Good to know.
See Item 2 in that Final Order with fines from the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to Spectra Energy CEO Gregory L. Ebel:
The Notice alleged that Respondent violated 49 C.F.R. §19 2.475 (b) by failing, in two instances, to inspect the internal surface of removed sections of pipe for evidence of corrosion. Specifically, the Notice alleged that inspection reports indicated Respondent failed to inspect the internal surface of certain pipe sections for evidence of corrosion, even though they had been repaired by welding in two full circumference sections of pipe.
Respondent did not contest this allegation of violation. Accordingly, based upon a review of all of the evidence, I find that Respondent violated 49 C.F.R. §192.475 (b) by failing, in two instances, to inspect the internal surface of removed sections of pipe for evidence of corrosion.