By John Hanna and Heather Hollingsworth, AP (Feb. 9, 2023)
“But Bill Caram, executive director of the advocacy group Pipeline Safety Trust, said it’s “troubling” that TC Energy said the flawed weld came from a “fabrication facility.” He said conditions there should have been ideal for making a weld that would not fail — as opposed to welding in the field.
Caram also said pipeline companies and pipeline regulators in the U.S. Department of Transportation struggle to deal with a combination of multiple threats that on their own don’t appear to need immediate attention but together add up.
‘The threats aren’t in a vacuum,’ Caram said. ‘This leads to the need for more sophistication in the way operators are mitigating against their threats, looking at how they interact with each other.'”