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News Digest DOT 15-14

PHMSA Advisory Bulletin Reminds Oil Pipeline Operators to Update Facility Response Plans.  The Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is issuing this advisory bulletin to remind all onshore oil pipeline operators of the circumstances of the 2010 Marshall, Mich., pipeline accident and the need to update Facility Response Plans (FRPs) every five years from the date of last submission or the last approval.  Plans must also be updated whenever new or different operating conditions would affect the implementation of a response plan.  This bulletin also a

Help Us Spread the Safe Digging Message on August 11

There are 2.6 million miles of pipeline crisscrossing our nation, running under our streets and neighborhoods.  And underground there are utility lines that deliver most of the energy used to heat, cool, and operate the nation’s homes, cars, and businesses. 

That’s why it is so important that everyone from backyard DIY’ers to utility workers to independent contractors always call 8-1-1 before they dig to avoid major disruptions and injuries, and even loss of life.


BTS Releases North American Surface Trade Numbers for December: December 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 11.6 Percent from December

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American neighbors, Canada and Mexico, was 11.6 percent higher in December 2011 than in December 2010, totaling $74.2 billion according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.