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PHMSA: Snow, ice buildup a threat to pipeline equipment

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a bulletin advising owners and operators of petroleum gas and natural gas facilities to take appropriate steps to prevent damage to pipeline facilities and components from accumulated snow or ice.

According to PHMSA, snow and ice buildup increases the potential for damage to meters, regulators and other aboveground pipeline facilities and components. Exposed piping at metering and pressure-regulating stations, at service regulators and at propane tanks is at greatest risk, PHMSA says.

The agency advises paying attention to snow- and ice-related situations that may cause operational problems for pressure control and other equipment. Monitoring the accumulation of moisture in equipment, as well as snow or ice blocking regulators or relief-valve vents, is another PHMSA-advised step.

Read the full bulletin at www.federalregister.gov.