The BP/Olympic Pipe Line Company manages two fuel pipelines that traverse Bellevue from north to south. Although the city’s authority in pipeline regulation is limited, city officials and staff work cooperatively with other government agencies, pipeline experts and the Olympic Pipe Line Company to support increased pipeline safety measures.
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) Pipeline Safety program inspects natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines operating in Washington. The program also provides staff and support to the Citizens Committee on Pipeline Safety , a governor-appointed advisory body that meets regularly to discuss, identify, review and highlight pipeline safety issues on a state and national level.
This month, the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration lifted operating pressure restrictions imposed on Olympic Pipe Line since 2001. For details, see the UTC website news release.
Call Before you Dig! 1-800-424-5555. http://www.wucc.org/organize.html
If you're going to dig a foot or deeper anywhere on your property, state law requires that you have underground utilities located and marked. Call the toll-free number above TWO BUSINESS DAYS before you dig. The utilities will mark the location of underground pipes, phone lines, etc. so you can avoid damaging them. This is a free service.
Know where pipelines are in your community. Remember, even a scrape or a dent to a pipeline needs to be reported to BP/Olympic Pipe Line Company. If not promptly repaired, it could result in a future leak or serious accident.
If you suspect a gasoline leak from an underground pipeline, leave the area immediately and call 911.
Avoid direct contact with the escaping liquids.
Avoid driving into vapor clouds. Turn off any running machinery (engines)
Avoid creating sparks or sources of heat which could cause liquids or vapors rising from them, to ignite and burn.