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Interpretation Response #PI-74-0105 ([Lakehead Pipe Line Company, Inc] [Mr. W. C. Cochrane])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Lakehead Pipe Line Company, Inc

Individual Name: Mr. W. C. Cochrane

Location State: WI Country: US

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Response text:

APRIL 02, 1974

Mr. W. C. Cochrane
Lakehead Pipe Line Company, Inc.
3025 Tower Avenue

Superior, WI  54880

Dear Mr. Cochrane:

This responds to your letters dated February 26 and 27, 1974, giving reasons why certain pipeline accidents were not telephonically reported under 49 CFR 195.52, although property damage exceeded $5,000 in both incidents.  With regard to estimating damage to property of the carrier or others for purpose of reporting under section 195.52(a)(3), you ask whether damage is "the value of the pipe or other items which failed or if it is the cost of making the necessary repair."

At the earliest practicable moment following discovery of a failure described in 49 CFR 195.50, a carrier must estimate the total amount of property damage involved.  this amount include the cost of material, labor, and equipment to repair or replace the damaged property but does not include the value of any commodity lost or fittings used during repair which become permanently attached to the system.

We trust this information is helpful to your understanding the telephonic reporting requirement.


Joseph C. Caldwell
Office of Pipeline Safety

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
195.50 Reporting accidents