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PHMSA’s inspection results of Kinder Morgan

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World Pipelines,

On 2 November, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a ‘Notice of Probable Violation, Proposed Compliance Order and Proposed Civil Penalty' to Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America.

The order of US$131 000 was issued after concluding PHMSA concluded its inspection of the 4312 mile Kinder Morgan East System, a natural gas pipeline that runs from south Texas to northern Illinois.

The order identifies five probable violations of federal pipeline safety regulations, including failing to adhere to a procedural manual for operations and maintenance activities by omitting valve and component conditions from 553 valves records, and a failure to document that valves were partially operated during the company’s inspections of emergency valves

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