April 05, 2011
Pipeline Safety Called for After Deadly Blast
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Monday that he is working with Congress and regulators to strengthen pipeline safety and make sure tragedies like the gas explosion in Pennsylvania which killed five don't happen again. Part of LaHood's plan is to make sure operators know the age and condition of their lines and that information about pipelines and operators' safety records be accessible to the public. In Allentown alone the Mayor reported having 295 reports of pipeline leaks in the last 14 months including nine which required neighborhood evacuations.
April 03, 2011
Danger Beneath Your Feet
Natural Gas Pipelines pass underground throughout the country without many people even knowing where there located. More than 90 % of the 300,000 miles of transmission gas lines that cross America may never be inspected for integrity issues, such as cracks, corrosion, faulty welds or thinning. Democrats in the U.S. Senate are pushing for increased regulations and safety procedures for the pipeline industry.
April 01, 2011
Pipeline Explosion Kills One Injuries Three
One person is dead and three others injured in an explosion and flash fire at a Southeast Texas Chemical Plant. The incident occurred Thursday March 24, 2011. A statement issued by Jefferson County Sheriff says witnessed reported seeing a worker welding a pipeline containing coal tar solvent when it exploded. The worker was killed and three other people were severely injured.