PHMSA pressures BP for prompt ANS lines repair

08/07/2006
The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is increasing pressure on BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. to improve its operations on Alaska’s North Slope after the BP PLC subsidiary failed to meet deadlines to repair and clean leaking Prudhoe Bay Operating Area pipelines.Thomas J. Barrett, who on June 16 became the Department of Transportation regulatory agency’s director, said PHMSA insists that BP begin draining 17,000 bbl of oil from three low-stress oil pipelines in the operating area by Aug. 22.The agency also requires that solids that have collected in the pipelines be removed, with safe disposal, Barrett said in a July 27 letter to US Rep. John D. D...
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