U.S. imposes new conditions on Keystone XL after pipeline defects found

U.S. safety regulators have added two new conditions on construction of the Keystone XL pipeline (TRP -0.5%) after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.

The defects - bad welds, dented pipe and damaged pipeline coating - have been fixed, but Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration wants to prevent similar problems on the northern segment, which is on hold pending a decision by the Obama administration.

"The level of defects is indeed cause for alarm and indicative of something that is going on in the Keystone organization that isn’t satisfactory." says a Cal-Berkeley civil engineering professor.

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  • Ruffdog
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    This pipeline is completely safe and any of the items mentioned above are the result of the construction contractor, not TRP. Change contractors.
    27 May 2014, 10:34 AM Reply Like
  • marpy
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    Just another red hearing by the Obama administration. These defects are tested for and repaired before the pipeline is put into service. Same as for any other construction project.
    27 May 2014, 12:11 PM Reply Like
  • RSRinehart
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    When and how were the problems found? By who? Part of a routine inspection process? Were repairs made before the line was put in service? Lot of info lacking here. Who asked the Cal prof's opinion? RSR
    27 May 2014, 12:43 PM Reply Like
  • Ruffdog
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    "...Cal prof's opinion..." the Sierra Club?
    28 May 2014, 09:18 AM Reply Like
  • lorneb
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    When was that leg with those defects built and by whom? Who and where were the inspectors who would have been responsible to monitor the quality of construction? A more realistic scenario is: perhaps during construction an equipment operator inadvertently hit a section of pipe with his heavy equipment doing extensive damage- so now someone nearby sees it, takes pictures with his cell-phone, thinking aha! maybe I can sell this for big money!. Meanwhile the inspectors examine the situation, prepare their report then the contractor effects the necessary repairs. In the meantime the nut-bags create a story with more fiction than fact, leaving the reader with a wrong impression.
    TRP is a competent capable company who I don't believe would condone such shoddy practices as suggested. I have a hard time believing this story
    I have seen a lot of pipelines in Canada and none of them showed those kind of abnormalities, even the old ones. If a coating on an above ground pipe is damaged it gets repaired. And bad pipe is not used. Bad pipe with bad coatings are not buried.


    All the BS that has been floating around over the issue of pipelines etc. seems to be getting worse and may be perpetuated by people grasping at any straw to try making a case for non-approval. Just because someone has a degree in civil engineering does not mean they are qualified to have an opinion about pipelines and their construction.
    27 May 2014, 02:04 PM Reply Like
  • bobby44
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    Been in the energy business and dealt with pipelines and the inspection process for most of my life. You are right... The plan is to identify potential issues before testing. Testing occurs before commissioning and in service.


    Give this clown a medal ( or something) for reporting that the company hires inspectors who do their job of ensuring contractors build to spec and the project meets the regulations. Does anything sub standard pass the inspection? Maybe but it passes a test at higher than operating pressure before commissioning. What more can you ask than the proven long term world standards that are in place to protect the public?


    The best coating for this pipeline is "political red tape"!
    28 May 2014, 03:34 PM Reply Like
  • Blue22
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    TRP rebutted these idiotic claims by correcting the timeline of repairs made to the southern leg of the Keystone project. The Energy department had all the completion documentation in its hands by January 2014. A year ago, as the normal procedure for pre-burial of a pipeline, all dents and welds, coating problems, etc. were resolved by repair or replacement of over 700 sections of pipe. Some of those sections had to be dug up and replaced when they failed in standard testing.


    How the so called professor came upon his obsolete data and decided to create bogus chaos is a mystery. This garbage has caused delays and costs of millions of dollars. The Department of Energy is responsible for perpetuating this fraud and should compensate TRP and all of the contractors who have lost a fortune due to their stupidity!
    29 May 2014, 04:29 AM Reply Like
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