Improving the Safety of Marine Pipelines

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National Academies Press, Jan 15, 1994 - Science - 132 pages
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The safety of the U.S. undersea pipeline system is a major national interest and concern, whether the concern focuses on risk to human life or the potential for environmental pollution and damage. Focusing primarily on the Gulf of Mexico system, this book reviews historical examples of pipeline failure, assesses the potential for future pipeline failures and the means of mitigating them, and considers the efficacy of existing safety systems and inspection procedures. It also identifies alternatives for improvements in the regulatory framework and in lawmaking.
 

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Contents

Executive Summary
1
1 Introduction
12
2 Safety Experience
20
Hazards and Zonation
33
4 Maintaining the Integrity of the Marine Pipeline Network
45
5 Avoiding Outside Interference with Pipelines
66
6 Regulatory Jurisdiction and Enforcement
86
7 Conclusions and Recommendations
94
Appendix A Biographies of Committee Members
100
Appendix B Minerals Management Service Serious Accident Reporting Form
103
Appendix C US Department of Transportation Accident Report Hazardous Liquid Pipelines
110
Appendix D US Department of Transportation Incident Report Gas Transmission and Gathering Systems
113
Appendix E A Risk Analysis Approach
116
Appendix F Sources of Briefings and Discussions
140
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