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PHMSA Advisory Bulletin on Pipeline Facilities After Railway Accidents

Posted in on Wed, Aug 15, 2012

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued an advisory bulletin to alert all pipeline owners and operators of the circumstances of the Cherry Valley, Illinois, derailment and remind them of the importance of assuring that pipeline facilities have not been damaged either during a railroad accident or other event occurring in the right-of-way. Further, the advisory bulletin reminds pipeline owners and operators of the importance of providing pertinent information to rail operators and emergency response officials during an incident. This information should include the presence, depth and location of the pipelines so that the movement of heavy equipment and debris on the right-of-way does not damage or rupture the pipeline or otherwise pose a hazard to people working in, and around, the accident location. The advisory also encourages pipeline owners and operators to inform rail operators and emergency response officials of the benefits of using the 811 “Call Before You Dig” program to identify and notify underground utilities that an incident has occurred in the vicinity of their buried facilities.  For more information, contact David Appelbaum by phone at 202-366-1419 or by email at Information about PHMSA may be found at

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