Pipelines: The invisible danger

Number 18500
Subject Energy
Source American-Statesmen (Austin, Texas)
State Texas
Year 2001
Publication Date July 22, 23, 24, 25
Summary In a four-part investigative series American-Statesmen examines "the operation and regulation of some of the most profitable companies in America, those that operate pipelines carrying oil, gasoline, fuel oil, natural gas and other hazardous materials." The reporting team reveals the dangerous - and at times deadly - condition of the pipelines the American industry uses to transport crude oil and natural gas. The stories point to statistics showing that from 1984 through 2000 a total of 366 people have died in the USA as a result of pipeline leaks and explosions. Inspections have showed that one inactive pipeline, which passes through the populated area of Austin, has had "4,000 anomalies" caused by weak steel skin. Texas is notorious for the highest death toll, since it is the state with the most miles of pipelines. The follow-up editorials focus on the need for reforms, and suggest new federal and state regulation that would improve pipeline safety.
Pages 79
Keywords environment;pollution;natural resources;gas explosions;OPS- Office of Pipeline Safety;NTSB;Association of Oil Pipe Lines;EPA ;"railroad fatigue";federal records;corrosion;safety violations;fines;maintenance;CAR
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