Saturday, July 6, 2013

US Pipelines Incidents Are a Daily Occurrence

Thermal image of gas line leaks in Boston, MA showing impact of aging infrastructure.  

The catastrophic Mayflower, Arkansas pipeline failure  resulting in a massive oil spill is receiving much media scrutiny.  However, leaks such as this are far from unusual. Data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), indicates there were 1,887 incidents in the nation’s gathering and transmission, distribution, and hazardous liquids pipelines between January 1, 2010 and March 29, 2013, or an average of 1.6 incidents per day.