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Interpretation Response #PI-73-028 ([President Carboline Company] [Stanley L. Lopata])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: President Carboline Company

Individual Name: Stanley L. Lopata

Location State: MO Country: US

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Response text:

Mr. Stanley L. Lopata
President Carboline Company
328 Hanley Industrial Court
St. Louis, MO 63144

Dear Mr. Lopata:

This is in response to your letter of August 28, 1973, to the National Transportation Safety Board which was referred to this Office for a reply. Your letter was concerning to Exxon Corporation pipeline failure near Hearne, Texas, due to corrosion. You offered some suggestions regarding pipeline coatings which you think would prevent an occurrence of a similar situation.

The Federal regulations basically require that liquid pipelines installed after April 1, 1970, and gas pipelines installed after July 31, 1971, be coated and cathodically protected to a certain level of protection and annually monitored to assure the maintenance of that level of protection.

The choice of a coating or coating combination is left up to the user. A pipeline carrying hazardous materials and petroleum products in liquid form must comply with external coating requirements contained on Section 195.238. A gas carrying pipeline must comply with similar coating requirements contained in Section 192.461.

Enclosed for your information is a copy of Federal liquid and gas regulations.

I trust this explains our position as related to pipeline coatings. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

/signed/
Joseph C. Caldwell
Director
Office of Pipeline Safety

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
192.461 External corrosion control: Protective coating