Mr. Doug Lanier
Vice President of Operations
Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
935 Gravier St.
Re: CPF No. 4-2003-7001
Dear Mr. Lanier:
Enclosed is the Final Order issued by the Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety in the above-referenced case. It makes a finding of violation and finds that you have completed the actions specified in the Notice to comply with the pipeline safety regulations. This case is now closed. Your receipt of the Final Order constitutes service of that document under 49 C.F.R. § 190.5.
Pipeline Compliance Registry
Office of Pipeline Safety
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
PIPELINE AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SAFETY ADMINISTRATION
OFFICE OF PIPELINE SAFETY
In the Matter of )
Chevron U.S.A. Inc., ) CPF No. 4-2003-7001
On June 16 -
20, 2003, pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 60117, a representative of the Office of
Pipeline Safety (OPS), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), conducted
an on-site pipeline safety inspection of Respondent’s operations and
maintenance procedures for offshore liquid pipeline systems in Louisiana. As a result of the inspection, the Director,
Southwest Region, OPS, issued to Respondent, by letter dated
responded to the Notice by letter dated
FINDING OF VIOLATION
In its Response, Respondent did not contest the violation alleged in the Notice. Accordingly, I find that Respondent violated the following section of 49 C.F.R. Part 195, as more fully described in the Notice:
49 C.F.R. § 195.402(c)(3) – failing to include in its manual for operations and maintenance procedures for operating scraper and sphere facilities in accordance with the requirements of § 195.426.
This finding of violation will be considered a prior offense in any subsequent enforcement action taken against Respondent.
The Notice proposed a compliance order for the violation. Under 49 U.S.C. § 60118(a), each person who engages in the transportation of hazardous liquids or who owns or operates a pipeline facility is required to comply with the applicable safety standards established under Chapter 601. The Director, Southwest Region, OPS has indicated that Respondent has taken the following actions specified in the Proposed Compliance Order:
Respondent has incorporated into its operations and maintenance manual adequate procedures for operating scraper and sphere facilities in accordance with § 195.426.
Accordingly, since compliance has been achieved with respect to this violation, it is not necessary to include the compliance terms in this Order. The terms and conditions of this Final Order are effective on receipt.
Stacey Gerard Date Issued
for Pipeline Safety