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FERC Gas-Electric Information Sharing Order Draws Complaints
OSHA had considered including oil and gas sectors in the PSM when it was originally finalized in 1992. But it exempted them with the intention of developing a separate PSM, which it never got around to, in part because of opposition from the American Petroleum Institute. One of the incidents OSHA cites as a rational for considering adding oil and gas production relates to a fire in 1998 at a production facility near Pitkin, LA. In that instance, Sonat Exploration Company was using well fluid to purge air from a two-mile pipeline that connected a separation facility to a production well when the separation vessel failed. In its investigation report on the incident, the CSB stated that ``[t]wo elements of the PSM standard, process hazard analyses and written operating procedures, are particularly relevant to the Sonat incident.'' The CSB further concluded that ``[t]he incident would likely have been prevented if process safety management principles or good engineering practice had been followed more effectively at the facility.''