Oversight and Review of Washington's Pipeline Safety Office
Report Type Final Report 
Date Published June 2003 
Publication Number 03-5 
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In response to a June 1999 pipeline explosion in Bellingham, the 2000 Legislature expanded the authority of the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) to develop and implement a comprehensive hazardous liquid pipeline safety program [C 191 L 00, ESHB 2420].  In 2001, the Legislature directed the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee to conduct a review of the expanded program.  The five study objectives include: describing the regulatory framework for pipeline safety, comparing the Washington pipeline safety program with activities in other states, reviewing the UTC pipeline mapping activities, identifying inspection workload indicators, and evaluating the inspection fee methodology.  The report makes four recommendations to focus the inspection process more on risk by identifying and integrating best practices, integrate the pipeline mapping system with other emergency preparedness efforts, and base inspection fees on actual staff workload.  The UTC concurs with these recommendations.  The preliminary report was presented at JLARC's May 2003 meeting.

Tom Sykes, Project Supervisor
Heather Moss

Dan Silver
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Number of Pages 68 
Category Economic Development/Natural Resources