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PHMSA Letter to Hilcorp - Gas Leak - March 23, 2017

March 3, 2017: PHMSA, the federal agency with lead jurisdiction over the leaking gas line, finally sends a Notice of Proposed Safety Order to Hilcorp, which: suggests Hilcorp knew or should have known about the gas leak prior to Feb. 7; recognizes significant concerns from state and federal regulators; relies on Hilcorp’s unsupported assertions to find a crude spill could occur if the gas pipeline is shut-in; states that the very same pipeline leaked twice in 2014; ordering a permanent repair of the leaking section by May 1, 2017; and requires various other inspections and actions contingent on the issuance of a final safety order, the date of which is highly uncertain due to the potential for Hilcorp appeals or challenges.

Hilcorp Safety Order - PHMSA 20170303.pdf — PDF document, 1581 kB (1619021 bytes)