US Assesses Pipeline Safety
A U.S. investigation panel suggested pipeline operators and regulators can do a better job in responding to emergency incidents.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office, in a 50-page report, said the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration needs to do better at spelling out response criteria.
Pipeline emergencies made headlines in 2010 when a natural gas line in San Bruno, Calif., exploded, leaving eight people dead and destroying dozens of homes. That same year, an oil pipeline ruptured in southern Michigan, resulting in the costliest onshore incident of its kind in U.S. history.
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