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Case CPF 420011004

This report lists key information pertaining to a particular enforcement case (1). For cases initiated after January 1, 2007, electronic files of PHMSA's initial notice letter, the operator's initial response letter (if any), and PHMSA's Final Order (if an Order is issued) are provided. PHMSA only issues Final Orders in certain situations. For example, Final Orders are not issued for Warning Letters and most Notices of Amendment.

Case Summary 
Case Number 420011004
Case Type Proposed Compliance Order
Subject(s) Corrosion Control - Gas Pipelines
Region Southwest
Date Opened 06/20/01
Compliance Order Yes
Consent Order Date 08/17/01
Date Closed 10/05/07

PHMSA issued this Notice of Probable Violation to El Paso Natural Gas Company for probable violations associated with an accident that occurred near Carlsbad, New Mexico, on August 19, 2000. The accident involved the rupture of the company's Line 1103 which led to twelve fatalities. When the administrative enforcement action could not be resolved, PHMSA referred the case to DOJ. In 2007, DOJ reached an agreement with El Paso for the company to pay a $15.5 million civil penalty. Moreover, under the terms of the settlement, El Paso agreed to fulfill the requirements of the pipeline safety laws, at an estimated cost of $86 million.

The Response Options for Pipeline Operators in Compliance Proceedings provides a more detailed description of an operator's options in responding to enforcement cases. This document accompanies all NOPV and NOA letters. The document linked here is the current version. The corresponding document at the time the case was opened may differ from the current version.

The set of documents provided here may be incomplete.

fileglyph420011004_Consent Order_08172001.pdf 224 KB scanned version
fileglyph420011004_Final Consent Decree_10052007.pdf 1,547 KB scanned version
fileglyph420011004_Notice Letter_06202001.pdf 1,112 KB scanned version

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  1. PHMSA Safety Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART)and the Work Management System as of November 1, 2023.

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