The decade that began in January 2010 and ended at the end of 2019 was punctuated with many astounding pipeline failures that captured the attention of the nation. We thought the end of the decade would be a good time to take a look at the PHMSA data to see what progress has been made toward the shared goal of Zero Incidents. This brief report shows what we found. The report can be downloaded … [Read more...] about A Decade in Review 2010 – 2019
Since the federal government in the United States is responsible for setting the minimum safety standards for all pipelines in this country, that puts the U.S. Congress in charge of these efforts. Congress writes the statutes which then PHMSA needs to turn into rules to implement the wishes of Congress. Every four years Congress reviews and then reauthorizes the national pipeline safety program, … [Read more...] about Federal Pipeline Safety Program Reauthorization
Over the years the Pipeline Safety Trust has let people know when the opportunity to apply for the Community Technical Assistance Grants administered by PHMSA opens up. These grants are the only funding source that has been reliably available to help community groups and local governments hire their own experts to help them understand and possibly get more involved in pipeline safety issues in … [Read more...] about Community Technical Assistance Grants Get Axed
Question of the week: A fairly large, 24 inch I believe, natural gas transmission pipeline recently failed here in Pennsylvania, and I was surprised that it did not ignite. I thought when natural gas pipelines ruptured they normally catch fire. Can you tell me why this one didn’t? I think you are referring to the recent William’s Transco failure in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania that is … [Read more...] about Ignition of Natural Gas Transmission Pipelines
Question of the day - I see a pipeline just spilled oil into the ocean near Santa Barbara, California. What can you tell me about the company that operates that pipeline and their safety record? Thanks for the question. The cause and the size of the spill are still being determined, and the clean up will go on for weeks we are sure. Here is a quick analysis of the company that operates … [Read more...] about Santa Barbara Oil Spill
Hi all, Today we will be starting a new series on the Smart Pig Blog where we will answer the “Question of the Week.” These will be actual questions we receive from the public, local governments and the media, and will cover a whole range of pipeline subjects. To make this work we need to continue to receive good questions, so please feel free to send your questions to . As … [Read more...] about New Smart Pig – Question of the Week Series
The fourth anniversary of the Enbridge Line 6B rupture and spill into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River is today, July 25, although the source of the spill was not determined until July 26. We wanted to take a bit of a retrospective look at the spill and its aftermath to see what, if anything, has changed about pipeline safety, what has been learned, and what remains the same as ever. For … [Read more...] about What do you get for a million gallon spill, a billion dollar clean up, and four years?
It's the 15-year anniversary of the Bellingham pipeline tragedy, and I just want to think about something else. I don't want to talk about what happened. And I certainly don't want to have to try to make sense of it, or explain how something good has come from it. Three boys are still dead and for some reason the crying starts easier now than it did 15 years ago. Do we have to go through this all … [Read more...] about Why the Bellingham story must continue to be told