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Interpretation Response #PI-73-0107 ([Mrs. N. A. Samples])

Below is the interpretation response detail and a list of regulations sections applicable to this response.

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name:

Individual Name: Mrs. N. A. Samples

Location State: GA Country: US

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Response text:

April 16, 1973

Mrs. N. A. Samples
3967 Doral circle
Doraville, Georgia 30340

Dear Mrs. Samples:

This is in response to your letter of March 8, 1973, expressing concern over the explosion and fire at the Triangle Oil Company tank storage facilities in Doraville, Georgia, on December 24, 1972.

The information we have received indicates that the failure that caused the fuel spill which in turn caused the explosion occurred within the property of the Triangle oil Company.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Office of Pipeline Safety derive their authority to regulate pipeline carriers from 19 U.S.C. 831 et seq. which provides that the Interstate Commerce Commission (whose authority has now passed to the DOT in this area) may regulate carriers engaged in interstate or foreign( commerce who transport hazardous materials. Since the information that we have received indicates that Triangle is not an interstate carrier, our authority would not extend to this situation. We understand, however, that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the Department of Labor, which has authority concerning the working conditions in certain intrastate facilities, have investigated this accident.

We hope this information will be helpful.


Joseph C. Caldwell
Office of Pipeline Safety

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
195.1 Which pipelines are covered by this Part?