Last week, Western Pennsylvania was rocked by a pipeline rupture that sent debris flying up to a half a mile away and created a fireball visible for miles. While there was only one injury reported, the incident caused significant damage to a number of homes in the vicinity necessitating an evacuation of every home within one-quarter mile of the incident. This incident certainly highlights the importance of pipeline safety but, more importantly, it underscores the responsibilities we have, as stakeholders, to ensure safe pipeline operations. You read that right; we share as much responsibility for safe pipeline operations as the pipeline operator does. Despite this incident in Western Pennsylvania, pipelines remain the safest and most efficient method of transporting natural gas. To maintain this safe track record, however, we, as pipeline safety stakeholders, must understand the roles and responsibilities we share regarding pipeline safety.
Pipeline Compliance Group, LLC