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US REGULATORS are urging pipeline operators to accelerate a new industry standard aimed at minimizing internal corrosion in steel pipelines.
The National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation was part of a report issued last week outlining the causes of an Aug. 19, 2000, fatal accident near Carlsbad, NM, involving a 30in. natural gas line owned by El Paso Corp.
The pipeline's explosion and subsequent fireball killed 12 campers (OGJ Online, Aug. 20, 2000). NTSB said the system ruptured because of severe internal corrosion and a significant reduction in pipe wall thickness.
Investigators blamed El Paso for "failure to prevent, detect, or …