Pipeline Incident Statistics Reveal Significant Dangers

A report issued on December 7, 2018 says that records kept by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) show that on average, a pipeline catches fire every 4 days and results in an explosion every 11 days, an injury every 5 days, and a fatality every 26 days. The report covers natural gas transmission lines that carry natural gas from production areas to processing plants and municipal distribution areas, liquids (including oil), and natural gas distribution lines that carry gas from plants to customers. Natural gas distribution lines account for most injuries (79%), deaths (73%), evacuees (62%), fires (71%), and explosions (78%). Newer pipelines less than 10 years old have more incidents than any other age group.

Read the report here: Pipeline Incidents Continue to Impact Residents

Read the NRDC analysis of the report here.