Pipeline Failure Analysis

Pipeline Failure Analysis in river

Background

 A major company’s pipelines allegedly experienced 194 spills of crude oil and petroleum products. A federal regulatory agency said that the company’s pipeline spills entered United States waters in violation of the Clean Water Act.

Services Provided

Rimkus was retained to perform a complete review of the alleged pipeline failures and determine if the company was in compliance with regulations, industry standards, and remediation requirements. Services included the following.

  • Conducted on-site inspections at selected spill sites.
  • Reviewed pipeline regulations and industry standards for managing hazardous liquid and pipeline corrosion.
  • Assessed maintenance procedures and pipeline repair practices for protecting U.S. waters.
  • Evaluated corrosion prevention program for cathodic protection and pipeline re-coating for protecting U.S. waters.
  • Assessed damage prevention program for pipeline right-a-way areas for protecting U.S. waters.
  • Reviewed environmental remediation recommendations.
  • Reviewed depositions and related legal documents.
  • Provided expert testimony.

National Practice Leaders

Philip Roy Watters

M.B.A., P.E., LEED AP

Senior Vice President, Environmental