Transmission pipelines are large steel pipes (usually 2″ to 42″ in diameter; most often more than 10″ diameter) that are federally regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. This type of pipeline carries unodorized gas at a pressure of approximately 200 to 1,500 psi. The pipe itself is constructed with 40′-60′ sections or “joints” that are welded together at the seams.
Transmission pipelines can fail due to: seam failures, corrosion, materials failure, or defective welding.
The natural gas transmission pipelines transport is unodorized therefore gas leaks can go undetected until an explosion occurs.
- 1/26/2015: 1 Year Young Pipeline Explodes In West Virginia
- 1/14/2015: Mississippi Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion Picked Up By Radar
- 7/31/2014: 5 dead, over 200 injured as multiple gas explosions hit Taiwan city
- 6/27/2014: Pipeline Accident Kills 15 People in Southern India
- 6/25/2014: 1 injured when ruptured gas line causes explosion in Wharton County
- 6/24/2014: Kansas pipeline eruption leaves worrisome oily residue
- 6/17/2014: Ukraine Suspects Terrorism in Pipeline Explosion
- 5/26/2014: Natural Gasline Explosion, Warren MN
- 5/23/2014: Natural Gas Fire, Oaktown, Indiana
From 1994 through 2013, the U.S. had 745 serious incidents with gas distribution, causing 278 fatalities and 1059 injuries, with $110,658.083 in property damage.
From 1994 through 2013, there were an additional 110 serious incidents with gas transmission, resulting in 41 fatalities, 195 injuries, and $448,900,333 in property damage.
A recent Wall Street Journal review found that there were 1,400 pipeline spills and accidents in the U.S. 2010-2013. According to the Journal review, four in every five pipeline accidents are discovered by local residents, not the companies that own the pipelines.
SPECTRA SAYS THEIR PIPELINES ARE SAFE. ARE THEY REALLY?
SPECTRA ENERGY FLIP-FLOPS
Spectra Energy ‘Backtracks’ on Methane Incident. First: “Nothing Released …. No Smoke …. No Incident”. Then Admits: Methane & Hydrocarbons Released.
Spectra Energy Corporation was forced to backtrack on dismissive assertions it made about a nighttime incident at its huge natural gas compressor station in Bedford County, PA, after persistent neighbors and a reporter kept pressing the company and state regulators for facts.
PIPELINE LEAK DETECTION STILL DOESN’T WORK
The Wall Street Journal’s repeat of a 2012 ICN investigation shows that for all the passage of time, the problem of how to detect pipeline leaks endures.
AMERICA’S DANGEROUS PIPELINES
CANADIAN PIPELINE INCIDENTS SINCE 2000
Ever wonder whether your community contains any buried pipelines? Or if any issues have arisen with them over the years?
Through an access-to-information request, CBC News obtained a data set of every pipeline safety incident reported to the federal regulator in the past 12 years.
The National Energy Board oversees cross-border pipelines. The data doesn’t include smaller pipelines within provincial boundaries.
The documents reveal details about more than 1,000 incidents that have happened across the country from 2000 until late 2012 and suggest the rate of overall incidents has doubled in the past decade.
Explore the map below to see incidents near your city or filter using various categories, such as the type of event, substance spilled or company name. Click on each incident to read a full description.
COMPRESSOR STATIONS REASON FOR CONCERN?
When Tom and Ben Clark of Clarkdale Fruit Farm and learned a month or so ago that Kinder Morgan was changing its preferred route for its proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project south from a path that would have cut across their peach orchard, they were relieved, at least on a personal level.
Then came the news that a compression station to re-pressurize the natural gas that would be pumped from Wright, N.Y., to Dracut, north of Lowell — a station that earlier maps seemed to show as being in Conway — might instead be sited within a mile of the farmhouse where Ben lives with his wife and young child.
FEDERAL PIPELINE AND OIL-BY-RAIL REGULATOR MAKING 9% STAFF CUT
Job cuts come at a time when PHMSA is struggling to regulate the nation’s aging pipeline network and new pipelines tied to the oil and gas boom.
NATURAL GAS STORAGE FACILITY EXPLODES IN WASHINGTON
According to NBC, “Over the police scanners, one first responder said a 1.2 billion cubic foot natural gas container exploded.”
There are reports of hundreds of people being evacuated, including evacuations by bus from the Umatilla school district to the Hermiston convention center.
RECENT TRAGEDIES HIGHLIGHT NEED TO REFORM REGULATIONS FOR 500,000 MILE OF OIL AND GAS PIPELINES IN U.S.
What’s going on with pipelines? Has there been a high number of major pipeline tragedies recently, or are such incidents just more in the news with widespread attention to potential federal approval of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline?
Per the author, “As someone who has worked on pipeline safety and associated environmental protection issues since I began serving on a pipeline federal advisory committee in the mid-1990s, I can say confidently that the period from 2010-2013 has had a very large number of serious transmission pipeline tragedies compared to the previous decade (serious in the lay-person’s sense of the term, i.e., not the relatively narrow definition developed by federal pipeline regulators).”
LATEST NEWS ARTICLES REGARDING SAFETY and HEALTH
Faced with a deadline to defend their permit approval against a federal court challenge, West Virginia regulators moved this week to back off their certification that the Mountain Valley Pipeline would not violate the state’s water quality standards.Click here for the full post
Despite a ruling that potentially signals the green light, the fight will continue in an effort to reroute the proposed NEXUS gas pipeline away from the city of Green and other more densely populated areas.Click here for the full post
FERC ORDER ISSUING NEXUS CERTIFICATE AND GRANTING ABANDONMENTClick here for the full post
"It's ruined our retirement, We're kind of out here on an island. ... [My children] don't want to live on top of this pipeline. I don't want to live here."Click here for the full post
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Ohio Attorney General asked to initiate civil proceedings against company
Developers of the 3.25 Bcf/d (92mn m³/d) Rover natural gas pipeline face growing public opposition and construction setbacks while installing the mainline in Ohio
Source: News - Argus MediaClick here for the full post
Rover Pipeline LLC will pay $1.5 million to the Ohio History Connection Foundation on July 7.Click here for the full post
A city resident and member of the Coalition to Reroute Nexus (CORN) made a request to New Franklin City Council May 3, to designate funds to help finance CORN's legal fight to reroute the proposed gas pipeline from going through the Portage Lakes area.Click here for the full post
CLEVELAND (AP) — A mayor has upped the ante in the fight over a proposed high-pressure natural gas pipeline by hiring attorneys to file a lawsuit aimed at stopping the pipeline from being built or stopping the project altogether.Click here for the full post
This local spill was part of Rover's estimated 2 million gallons of drilling fluid pollutants into wetlands "adjacent to" the Tuscarawas River last week, according to a violation filed by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Click here for the full post
"We must fight to make sure that Anadarko is held accountable, if its shown their reckless behavior played a part in their deaths, so we can ensure this is the last time a tragedy like this occurs." — Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Earth GuardiansClick here for the full post