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
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
The Rover Pipeline has been under construction in Ohio for less than a month, but it is already polluting Ohio’s waterways. The project was the source of two serious spills last week according to notices of violation filed by the Ohio EPA Division of Environmental Response, Investigation and Enforcement.Click here for the full post
In a blatant attempt to cut corners, Sabal Pipeline construction workers haphazardly dug up already buried pipes, DAMAGED THEM, and buried them back in the ground.Click here for the full post
Construction of the Rover natural gas pipeline resulted in more than 2 million gallons of drilling fluids being spilled at two different locations earlier this month.Click here for the full post
Rover Pipeline Spills More Than 2 Million Gallons of 'Drilling Fluid' in Ohio Wetlands, One Month After Construction Began
Woodsfield, OH - Over the weekend, a 3.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio. The earthquake occurred shortly before 8:00 a.m on Sunday, April 2, 2017. The epicenter was in the Sycamore Valley area in northern Bethel Township, Monroe County. Details are still emerging about the event.Click here for the full post
The new interstate natural gas project to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/day) of domestically-produced natural gas to markets in the Midwest, Northeast, East Coast, Gulf Coast and Canada, with direct deliveries to Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, and into the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada which has a broader network of distribution points back into the U.S., the Northeast and into the Canadian market.Click here for the full post
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WEYMOUTH – Residents and officials say a major gas line rupture in Providence caused by construction on a pipeline owned by Spectra Energy raises concerns about the company’s ability to maintain infrastructure.Spectra Energy subsidiary Algonquin Gas Transmission owns a pipeline that runs to North Weymouth and has proposed building a 7,700-horsepower natural gas compressor station on the banks of the Fore River. The proposal is part of the Atlantic Bridge pipeline expansion project,
A local attorney known for defending activists today called Houston-based Spectra Energy’s apparent oversight of the Bowling Green Fault line “an astonishing screw-up” that could help his cause and complicate company efforts to build its proposed $2 billion NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline through northwest Ohio. Flanked by about 50 sign-carrying demonstrators along the banks of the Maumee River, at Farnsworth Metropark’s Roche de Boeuf visitor center south of Waterville, Terry Lodge discussed the request for a hearing he filed last week with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, based on the region’s potential seismic activity and its porous karst geology. Only a few hundred feet away, along a paved hiking trail, lies a Metroparks of the Toledo Area marker in front of aClick here for the full post