How Safe are Natural Gas Pipelines?
According to a story in the Bellingham Herald datelined Saturday,
March 17th, 2001, in the US:
"Pipeline accidents kill more than 20 people in an average year and
destroy millions of dollars worth of property. During the past
decade or so, major accidents -- involving injuries, death or more
than $50,000 in property damage -- increased by about 4 percent
annually, federal statistics show."
How concerned are U.S. pipeline companies about this trend? Are they
concerned enough to shoulder their responsiblity and cooperate with
state and federal authorities in the passage of legislation designed
to make pipelines safer?
For insight into answers to these questions, read Marlene Robinson's poignant
testimony in support of a pipeline safety bill in the state of Washington.