Mark Hruley

President

Shell Pipeline Co., L.P.

P.O. Box 2648

Houston, Texas 77252

 

Re: CPF No. 4-2003-5005

 

Dear Mr. Hruley:

 

Enclosed is the Final Order issued by the Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety in the above-referenced case. It makes findings of violation and assesses a civil penalty. I acknowledge receipt of and accept your April 3, 2003, wire transfer for $11,500 as payment in full of the civil penalty assessed in the Final Order. This case is now closed. Your receipt of the Final Order constitutes service of that document under 49 C.F.R. 190.5.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

James Reynolds

Pipeline Compliance Registry

Office of Pipeline Safety

 

Enclosure

 

cc: Rod Seeley, Region Director

Southwest Region, OPS

 

CERTIFIED MAIL RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED

 

 


DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

PIPELINE AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SAFETY ADMINISTRATION

OFFICE OF PIPELINE SAFETY

WASHINGTON, DC 20590

 

 

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In the Matter of )

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Shell Pipeline Co., L.P., ) CPF No. 4-2003-5005

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Respondent )

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FINAL ORDER

 

On March 10, 2003, in accordance with 49 C.F.R. 190.207, the Director, Southwest Region, Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS), issued to Respondent a Notice of Probable Violation and Proposed Civil Penalty (Notice). The Notice proposed finding that Respondent violated

49 C.F.R. 195.401(b) and 195.573(a)* and proposed assessing a civil penalty of $11,500 for the alleged violations. Respondent responded to the Notice by submitting a wire transfer in the amount of the proposed civil penalty ($11,500), waiving further right to respond and authorizing the entry of this Final Order.

 

* The corrosion control monitoring requirement cited in the Notice at 195.416(a) is now found at  195.573(a).

 

Pursuant to 49 C.F.R. 190.213 and 49 U.S.C. 60122, I find that Respondent violated the following sections of 49 C.F.R. Part 195, as more fully described in the Notice:

 

49 C.F.R. 195.401(b) failing to correct within a reasonable time cathodic protection readings less negative than the -0.850V criteria set by Respondent; and

 

49 C.F.R. 195.573(a) failing to conduct tests during the 1998 calendar year at several test locations to determine the adequacy of cathodic protection.

 

These findings of violation will be considered prior offenses in any subsequent enforcement action taken against Respondent. I assess Respondent a civil penalty of $11,500, already paid by Respondent. The terms and conditions of this Final Order are effective on receipt.

 

 

 

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Stacey Gerard Date Issued

Associate Administrator

for Pipeline Safety