Enbridge: Trust us to be safe.
By Ted Roelofs, Bridge Magazine contributor (Aug 27, 2015) – “Carl Weimer, executive director of the Pipeline Safety Trust, a nonprofit public charity that promotes pipeline safety, said PHMSA’s relationship with the industry can be cozy – to the point that the agency has adopted many regulations written by the oil and gas industry…. Weimer compared the regulatory relationship between PHMSA and industry to the ‘fox designing the hen house.’ Under PHMSA regulations, Enbridge is required to inspect the straits segment of its pipeline every five years. Enbridge officials point out they elected on their own to tighten that to every two years. But Weimer notes that the results of inspections, both by divers and remote cameras, and interior inspections by robotic devices known as ‘smart pigs,’ remain the property of Enbridge. ‘That data doesn’t go anywhere,’ he said.”
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