By at least one measure, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has the worst safety record for its type of business, according to self-reported filings of significant incidents with a regulatory agency.
Among pipeline transmission companies, Tennessee Gas reported more significant incidents to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration than any other operator over the last decade, The Courier-Journal has found.
Tennessee Gas operates in 16 states including neighboring Ohio, West Virginia and Tennessee, and the Gulf of Mexico. And most of the reported incidents during the past decade occurred before the company was acquired in 2012 by Kinder Morgan as part its purchase of the El Paso Corp.
Kinder Morgan’s purchase of Tennessee Gas brought improvements in safety procedures, spokeswoman Melissa Ruiz said.
“Safety is Kinder Morgan’s number one priority,” she said.